Neutral Steel

Listen to Neutral Steel

Neutral Steel is a song for lap steel guitar and drums. It reminds me of the style of Ry Cooder or Bill Frisell but with a twist: the tuning of the guitar is based on the Wyshnegradsky's scale with neutral thirds (a neutral third is an interval that is half way between a tempered minor third, 300 cents, and tempered major third, 400 cents). Joel Mandelbaum talks extensively about him on his "Multiple Division of the Octave and the Tonal resources of 19-tone Temperament" (page 148 and following ones).
I had already used this scale for the "
Wyshnegradsky's neutral vocoder" song.
Wyshnegradsky's heptatonic scale is based on
24 EDO (the equal division of the octave into 24 steps with steps of 100 and 150 cents).


My version is a dodecatonic mode of 48EDO (with steps of 75, 100 and 150 cents).
It uses steps number 0, 4, 8, 11, 14, 20, 24, 28, 31, 34, 38, 42 and 48 of the 48 available units (25 cents each).