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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
fugal-contrapuntal psycho-delia and gangster rap
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Virgo Supercluster. Love the view!
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
Perplexed embryonic intellect.Lately, I've grown increasingly suspicious that spontaneous symmetry breaking might be a metalogical fallacy. Sometimes I lie quietly in a dark closet and pretend I'm a turnip.

Miscellaneous miscellany.. also, external links to material that can't be shoehorned into the player.

Kepler 62 : An isorhythmic, paratonal fugue
Mirror Fugue in B Flat Minor I. Rectus, II. Inversus - Score

Pacem Reliquo Vobis: Motet, fugal, per retrograde and inverse mirrors - Score

Here's a fun mash up:

1) start this backing track in a separate window:

2) start #16 Fantasy in E Phrygian , or #17 Canon in E Phrygian from my playlist, adjust volume so that it is quite a bit lower than the backing track.

3) savor the groovy weirdness.

OK, still bored? Some favourite links (of the moment): Young Neil Young Old Man. RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar. Dufay writes all of my favorite Kyries. Ravi Shankar "conducting" Ravi Shankar at his best Raga Pilu

congregans hominem, et pecus, congregans volatilia cæli, et pisces maris: et ruinæ impiorum erunt: et disperdam homines a facie terræ, dicit Dominus.

.........................................Zephaniah 1:3

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Kepler 62, or Ferney Who?

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

Kepler 62, like our investigations into the plantery solar system associated with the same name, is an attempt at a glimpse into other spaces, and specifically in this instance, other tonal spaces. The high probability of misinterpretation must be averted immediately, lest Kepler 62 be interpreted as a foray into the mythological realm of atonality, or presented as some alternative to tonality. It is not, but rather an excursion into one possible parallel tonal hierarchy alongside and in…


Fractal Subject Tranformation - Ode to Earth

Posted on October 2, 2010 at 10:00pm 2 Comments

Alright here goes. Recently the question of "fractal" music arose on the forum here, and it incited me to revisit the topic.

Applying fractal concepts to music could be interpreted many ways, and with no precedent by which to proceed (my favorite conditions by which to work incidentally), I decided to work out this first piece, Ode to Earth, in accordance with my own musical interpretation of fractal structure.

Keep in mind, the "fractalization" was only carried…


Please Direct Clever Banter Here: Sidebar, or, Vomitus ex Cerebrum: Viewpoint and Counterpoint: A Blog with Far Too Many Semicolons and Subtitles

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 10:30pm 30 Comments

I've seen in the past urban municipalities provide an interim "space" for taggers and perpetrators of graffiti in an effort to divert, provide a safety valve if you will, such from targeting more valuable private and public property with their nefarious activities. This blog is my equivalent device, a reservoir for the frivolous, irrational, flippant,comedic, and all manner of asshattery. Enjoy.

Bach, Bagels, and Bilateralism

Posted on September 12, 2010 at 4:30pm 12 Comments

The other day, while chewing my morning bagel and listening to some JS Bach, the Crab Canon, no less, my thoughts drifted from my toroidal breakfast morsel to the lemniscate of Bernoulli specifically and the concept of symmetries nested within symmetric isometries in general, and its ramifications within the discipline of counterpoint.

This was not a novel chain of association for me, as the thought has been crowding my mind with ever growing urgency and frequency for the last…


Iccanobif's Rorrim - Kcirderf aedi doog!

Posted on November 18, 2009 at 1:30pm 9 Comments

I've long used Fibonacci numbers to transform subjects, get more mileage out of them, or generate "cycles" from a single source idea. I've had some time to observe and reflect upon how these values behave when projected on the diatonic system.

Unfortunately rigorous proof of the assertions I'm about to make would require an explicit mathematical description of good part writing, eg, a… Continue

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At 10:48pm on August 19, 2014, michael diemer said…

So, mean tone sounds out of tune to my well-tempered ears. Also, being a piano tuner, I feel the need to sharpen up some of those notes, especially in the middle register. Anyway though, nice piece. Is this you playing one of your hand-crafted beasties?

At 12:38am on July 22, 2014, michael diemer said…

Just heard your Fantasy X. Brilliant, man just brilliant. Was that all harpsichord, or did I hear something like a xylophone at times? Or was that just an artifart? Excuse me, that's artifact.

At 2:10am on July 15, 2014, Victor Meldrum said…

the oldies are the besties

At 1:43pm on June 14, 2014, Per-Erik Rosqvist said…

The Ant/Spring post (in a totally wrong subforum, will talk with a moderator about it). SHoulb be fully functional for a listen now.

I appreciate your critique. Anytime. 

Go fuck yourelf.... Eh, with your wife or something.

I will sleep, tired as hell.

Best wishes sent to Seattle from Stockholm! 

At 6:34am on April 29, 2014, Alex Dunn said…


This is all very very impressive! Your blog is very deep indeed - it'll take me all I have to understand it but, while i don't have the ability to write as well as you in words, I am aware of the areas you are probing. 

Have you ever read any H.P. Lovecraft? Particularly his story 'The Music Of Erich Zann'. It's about a guy whose apartment window looks out to other dimensions and the only way he can stop being sucked out is to ward of the extra-dimensional forces using his viol to play strange atonal fugues.

I think you'd love it. It's a short story and can be read in half an hour.

All the best,

Alex :)

At 5:30am on April 29, 2014, Alex Dunn said…
I just listened to some more of your music. I'd didn't realise you did ambient stuff as well - I really liked it. I'll have to set aside half an hour to listen to an entire piece of yours. The title 'Fugue In Seven Parts' led me to think it was another fugue a la Bach lol
At 10:01am on April 28, 2014, Alex Dunn said…

Hi Kristofer,

I've been on this site for ages and have seen you around a lot - I thought it was high time for me to say hi formally! Hi :)

I'm very impressed by your ability to compose very evocative counterpoint in the style of Bach. It really reminds me of The Art Of Fugue! 

Where did you train or did you teach yourself? What made you decide to follow this particular compositional path?

All the best,

Alex :)

At 9:33pm on November 20, 2013, michael diemer said…

Just saw your comment (I am once more a working man and don't get in here as much). Can't figure out who you're referring to. Otis Redding died that year, but he was black. Are you referring to a specific Star Trek episode? I'm a closet Trekkie, but again can't make the connection.

At 10:33pm on September 24, 2013, Bill Dan Courtney said…

Thanks for the comment. Strange as I was listening to stuff on your page when your comment came through. very involved and interesting. I could never do music like this but I can listen to it  all day. Great.

At 8:57pm on September 21, 2013, Charles Greco said…

Kristofer, I am delighted that you liked the Toccatina. If I ever decide to do a two-piano arrangement of it, perhaps then will take the opportunity to rework and expand it a little...

Thanks again for your comment.

At 8:35am on August 23, 2013, Per-Erik Rosqvist said…

Have a piece in two parts, one with fugal tendencies blended with other classicist ideas. Not anything complex, but more complex than the ending part that revolves around a 4 chord sequence. Not more complex than a bad Austrian Waltz or something on MTV.

BUT a beautiful theme(s), I wrote when I was 15 or so. I want to develop the second to fit the first part. And perhaps develop the harmonic idea in some direction.

I Hope you want to take a listen before I put it on this forum and give me the thoughts you have. (I post it when I feel I achieved the above goals).

But on the whole it would be good to have a second view, so I hope you don't mind. Feel like a chosen one :)

At 8:29am on August 23, 2013, Per-Erik Rosqvist said…

Very scary - I heard of it before you posted it on my page - but doubt it is for real. A relative of the piranha swam (or was released) in Öresund. Not a natural habitat for the creature.

If it eats male balls, it has not happened yet. Not in our waters. But the article is probably just a joke (and i assume you realize this. :)

But it was a funny read. Thanks for posting! :)

At 11:54pm on August 13, 2013, michael diemer said…

The Compose forum would never tolerate the extravagances of our forum. they have a neat, well-ordered site, they don't want anarchists like us shocking them back into reality. Let's leave them in their blissful ignorance.

At 2:05pm on August 13, 2013, michael diemer said…

Kristofer, I wonder if you have checked out the Compose Forum? (not to be confused with this one, obviously). I looked at them but did not join, not wanting to spread myself too thin. Also, a preliminary perusal left me feeling that they were a bit condescending and judgmental. Here is the link:

At 11:48pm on July 25, 2013, michael diemer said…

Although on second thought, there is much organ music that has more active lines. I think though that the harmonies may be closer in these cases, than what you have put together here. One other thought, the section toward the end presented a nice contrast, with its quieter, more restrained material.

At 11:43pm on July 25, 2013, michael diemer said…

Just listened to your Canon. Your expertise in counterpoint is again in evidence. Now, while I'm no expert on organ music (although I like it very much, and had the pleasure once of attending a live performance of "Pipe Dreams" with Michael Barone, in Lewiston, Maine), I think I can tell this may have been written by a harpsichordist. OK, I already knew that. but I thought it a bit choppy, in a way it wouldn't have been on that instrument. Where the harpsichord doesn't sustain, thus lending itself to frequent tonal motion, the organ of course does sustain, lending itself to longer, more drawn-out lines. Does this make sense?

At 11:28pm on July 25, 2013, michael diemer said…

Thanks for listening. I'm not sure about keeping the intro, with the horn intoning the basic theme. The only difference, of course, between the two phrases of this solo is the last note. The first phrase ends as if with a question, while the second answers with the tonic, and the entrance of the accompanying instruments. Perhaps if the two solo phrases were different instruments?

At 9:26pm on July 25, 2013, michael diemer said…

I didn't see your comment on my recent post till now. Because it's full orchestra, it gets up to 7mb and then some pretty fast, so I put it on my page. I tried lowering the compression on the mp3, but the drop in quality was too much, again considering that it's orchestral. Things need to be clear or the effect is ruined. So, no, it's not intended to be finished, and yes, please give any feedback you might have. This is going to be an ongoing problem for me, as so far I only write for orchestra. I contacted administration, but their response was too just degrade the sound. But that's not really fair. Others don't have to do that for their music, why should I have to do it for mine?

At 9:03am on July 7, 2013, Bob Porter said…

Just wanted to say that I enjoyed the organ piece you posted a few weeks ago. Although it did challenge my tiny, forum induced 7 mb mind.

At 3:53pm on July 3, 2013, Chris Dargay said…

Thanx Thanx Thanx!!!  Cheers to you.  Check out Apollos Fire.  Clevelands premier Baroque Ensemble.  I wrote Prometheus after witnessing a dynamite performance of Geminiani, Bach, Rameau n' others.


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