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“The Shaping of Harmony:” A Brief History of Temperament in Western Civilization

“The Shaping of Harmony” A Brief History of Temperament in Western Civilization by Adam Ahuja   The modern quantum physicist finds himself in a moment of imperfection when studying particle physics. As soon as he comes to understand the position of a particle, he cannot measure its velocity. On the other hand, as soon as she measures the velocity, she knows not the particle’s position. It is a game of constant trickery.   Humanity’s relationship with harmony, in many ways, has been similar to the quantum quandary. There is an inherent complication when considering the tonal position in a passage of music and its related harmony. On one hand, harmonies and melodies can be understood as flowing forth as natural whole number ratios stemming from a single position, the key center. However, when the tonal center moves from one position to the next, the ratio of harmonies must then move to accommodate the new key, as we strive, on some level, to maintain mathematically purity from one key to the next. In theory, this doesn’t sound too complicated; we may just shift harmonies to accommodate their new tonal center. This does tend to be the case when performing music for

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Adam Ahuja - Over the Rainbow (live-looping)

‘Over the Rainbow (live-looping)’ releases on Infinity Gritty / Ropeadope Records

“Over the Rainbow (live-looping)” releases on Infinity Gritty / Ropeadope Records In the 80th year anniversary of its original publishing, Adam Ahuja gives us a re-imagined, chill-synth, indie-jazz take on the beautiful classic melody, “Over the Rainbow.” The remake is performed as a multi-instrumental live-loop, and features a slow-evolving 30-chord progression paired with a somewhat-mysterious, dimly-lit, alt-pop vocal. Ahuja draws out simplicity amidst complexity, and conjures up feelings of yearning and intrigue as he builds the performance instrument-by-instrument in a single studio take: layering stereo keys, electric bass and vocals, swaggy live drums, a baby-grand, and robotic live-looping effects, sending the listener off through the caverns of singularity.

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Live at “Relix Magazine”

I had a blast playing at Relix Magazine, a live set filmed by Will Schwerd. And as usual, I brought up some audience members to make and produce a song together at the end (in this case, some chill Relix staff members). Had an awesome time. Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpmDbZXae4w

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Ubiquity Touring!

Hittin’ the road on a solo tour, and linking up some amazing artists along the way. To RSVP, go to the ‘tour’ page on this site!

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