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They were into sound. - The raw material.

Michael’s experience with electronic music lead him to lots of experiments with the clarinets. Being a stopped pipe (like a church organ) and a “cylindrical bore”, the clarinet has a different overtone system than most wind instruments, they being based on the “conical bore”, oddly, even the flute. So an interesting overtone system (the first overtone is an octave and a 5th) is at play as well as a large pitch range. As far as we know, Michael is the first player to explore the clarinet in this way. Both of them use the singing and playing technique, which produces a cord effect like an electronic ring modulator. And in “Dead Heat”, they explored “sum and difference” tones.

They were interested in pitch too, but in general, that was a bit of a sideline.


released February 24, 2013



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Lytle/Cartwright George Cartwright and Michael Lytle New York, New York

This site is about the “reed tandem” Michael Lytle and George Cartwright and their musical odysseys. Both Southern boys, Michael from the Missouri Ozarks and George from Midnight, Mississippi they both studied, Michael, clarinet, electronic music and composition at Wichita and Iowa City & George in the Mississippi Colleges, co-founded Ars Super Nova in Jackson and met at the Creative Music Studio. ... more

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