PROBES
Downloadable programmes and transcripts with playlists.

PROBE 1:
The first programme sets the scene and investigates early reconsiderations of pitch: probes that postulate new scales to be constructed through the ever-greater subdivision of the inherited intervals of equal temperament.

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PROBE AUXILIARY 1.2
The Auxiliaries - all music, no talk - collect materials related to each episode and try to give a broader - and more immediate - impression of the field. For these you need to download the playlist too,to know what's what.

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PROBES 2:
Continues to explore probes into pitch, this time through its effective obliteration through ceaseless movement, sliding tones, and radical portamenti which defy all quantisation.

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PROBES AUXILIARY 2.2
In this music selection we look further at alternative tuning systems based on the naturally occurring harmonic series, opening up a potentially infinite series of customised Just Intonation scales.

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PROBES 3:
This is where pitch becomes weightless and all that is solid melts into air: futurism, noise, electricity, ecstasy and uncertainty. We look at the lure and power of sliding tones.

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PROBES AUXILIARY 3.2
In this music selection we look further at probes into pitch, this time through its effective obliteration through ceaseless movement, sliding tones, and radical portamenti which defy all quantisation.

Link to Probe 3.2


PROBES 4:

This fourth programme looks at another dimension of portamenti, and moves on into early twentieth century ideas of colour, timbre and the contested territory of noise.

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PROBES 4.2:

The fourth auxiliary continues to look sliding pitches, concentrating this time on their use in popular music, before moving on to wholly unpitched probes that begin to map the many aspects of differentiated noise.

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PROBES 5:

This fifth episode looks at timbre and the many routes to its extension, and then explores the somewhat exotic range of modifications, preparations and ways of subverting pianos that have been tried to date.

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PROBES 5.2:

This fifth auxiliary investigates further ways of piano preparations: is the torture never going to end?

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PROBES 6:

There's no end of things that have been laid on, tied to, screwed into or otherwise attached to alter the sound of conventional instruments. This sixth programme draws a map and explores some of the outer reaches of string and wind preparations.

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PROBES 6.2:

This music selection investigates further preparations of stringed and brass instruments, in the quest for novel sounds.

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PROBES 7:

PROBES #7 examines some of the preparations applied to percussion and voice before beginning to look at the recovery and invention of extended performance techniques; starting with the piano.

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PROBES 7.2:

This auxiliary investigates preparations for percussion and extended techniques for piano.

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PROBES 8:

In this eighth instalment, Chris Cutler presents modifications of string instruments that seek to move away from tonality while maintaining coherence.

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PROBES 8.2:

This auxiliary explores extended techniques for strings.

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PROBES 9:

In this ninth instalment, Chris Cutler investigates some extraordinary extended techniques for wind instruments and percussion and how they have been used.

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PROBES 9.2:

This auxiliary explores extended techniques for percussion and winds.

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PROBES 10.

The first of two programmes that trace probes into the limits and extended uses of the human voice.

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PROBES 10.2.

More vocal probes

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PROBES 11.

The extended voice, part 2

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PROBES 11.2.

Yet more vocal probes.

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PROBES 12.

The incorporation of ancient instruments, part 1: The Harpsichord.

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PROBES 12.2.

More harpsichords

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PROBES 13.

Tracks the recovery and reassignment of ancient and folk instruments in unfamiliar contexts.

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PROBES 13.2.

Digs into new sounds made with long-forgotten instruments.

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PROBES 13.3.

Digs into new sounds made with long-forgotten instruments.

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PROBES 14.1.

We take a detour to show how a collision of folk mechanisms, social upheaval, sound recording and electrification underpinned the growth of a new polyglot musical language, and a new aesthetic constituency.

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PROBES 15.

Looks at experimental uses of the more intractable folk instruments: bagpipes, hurdy gurdy and harmonica. Is nothing sacred?

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