Recordings & Publications

Below are some of the recordings out now on FreeNote Records, as well as a sampling from other great microtonal artists.

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LIVE AT SHAPESHIFTERS
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Now Available to Download!! New Fretless Brothers Live At ShapeShifter’s release contains hot new versions of some songs from the ‘Footsteps’ CD, plus new epic compositions like ‘Aqua Luna’, ‘Speed Of Life’, and ‘Lost At Sea’. Recorded live at ShapeShifter’s in Brooklyn, this digital release captures the band���s riveting performance in front of a mesmerized crowd.
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FRETLESS BROTHERS
FOOTSTEPS
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FreeNote Records is proud to announce the release of the new CD from Fretless Brothers, Footsteps, recorded entirely in the 12-Tone Ultra Plus® Tuning system. Featuring Jon Catler and Dane Johnson on guitars, Hansford Rowe on bass, and Brian Chase on drums, this futuristic jazz record was recorded live at Water Music Studios in Hoboken, NJ. The compositions and solos highlight the unique properties of this tuning system which allow modulation to many different key centers, all in 13-limit Just Intonation.

 


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WILLIE McBLIND
LIVE LONG DAY
$15 CD

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This is Willie McBlind’s long awaited, groundbreaking 3rd CD, and it features songs about the train using Harmonic Series tuning. Featured on this CD are musical techniques seldom, if ever, heard on record before including Harmonic Rhythm and Harmonic Lyrics, a title track composed completely in the Undertone Series (the mysterious and unexplored sister of the Overtone Series), and an unprecedented Train Cloud summoning in the Ghost Train at the end of the CD.

All compositions are by Jon Catler, with the exception of a special arrangement of Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain.” Songs on this CD include “Sittin’ In The Train Station,” “Slow Moving Train,” “The Train That Never Came,” and the title track “Live Long Day.” With: Jon Catler, guitars; Babe Borden, vocals and autoharp; Mat Fieldes, bass; Lorne Watson, drums.

“Everything I see reminds me of the pain, and there’s a whole lot of windows on this Slow Moving Train……”


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WILLIE McBLIND
BAD THING
$15 CD

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4 STARS****Downbeat Magazine ~

Listed as one of the BEST CD’S OF 2010 in Downbeat Magazine – January 2011

The second CD by Willie McBlind! This release features searing originals by Jon Catler, including the cutting edge title song, Bad Thing, as well as creative slants on blues classics by Robert Johnson (“Stones in My Passway”), Blind Willie Johnson (“Nobody’s Fault But Mine”), and Willie Dixon’s timely peace anthem (“It Don’t Make Sense, You Can’t Make Peace”). Includes 4 songs mixed by Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana). All songs performed in 64-tone Just Intonation on fretted and fretless guitars; with Jon Cater, guitars; Babe Borden, vocals; Neville L’Green, bass; Lorne Watson, drums.

“Exhilarating….No other blues band in creation sounds like the one fronted by Jon Catler and Babe Borden.��� – ****4 Star review, Downbeat Magazine, Frank-John Hadley

“….a major step forward in the evolution of American blues.” – Todd S. Jenkins, All About Jazz

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WILLIE McBLIND T-SHIRTS

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Bad Thing T-shirts come in royal blue, black and indigo blue and come in several sizes ~ all designs have a unique strobing visual effect.

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Bad Thing T-shirts come in royal blue, black and indigo blue and come in several sizes ~ all designs have a unique strobing visual effect.

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NEIL HAVERSTICK
SPIDER
$15 CD (plus $3 shipping)


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A beautiful and varied new work from the boundlessly creative guitarist/composer, the first four tracks feature his 19-tone equal tempered guitar with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra (Thomas Blomster, conductor). Other tracks feature Fretless 7-string electric, Fretless acoustic, and 19-tone acoustic. A must-hear CD.


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NEIL HAVERSTICK
HIDE & SEEK
$15 CD (plus $3 shipping)


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Neil’s second blues cd, 12 tracks featuring 19-tone, 36-tone, 12-tone, and Fretless guitars, Fretless banjo, and Oud. Neil tears it up, and Jack Hadley and Neela provide vocals.


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New release from Sonido 13! This CD is a limited import.
$15 plus $3 shipping (U.S.)


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From Sonido 13, Angelos Quetzalcoatl’s new cd, The Guitar Music of Beethoven, Carrillo and Corral, features classical guitar performances that include some rare works by microtonal composer Julian Carrillo (1875-1965). Hailing from Mexico, Carrillo produced a number of instruments designed to play increasingly smaller divisions of the semitone. Included here are Carrillo’s Suite for Quarter-Tone Guitar, Three Preludes in Semitones, Two Preludes for Carrillo Guitar, and Two Etudes in Quarter-Tones. Also included is a piece for Double-Neck E-Guitar by Corral (1980-) and Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Sonata For Guitar.


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WILLIE McBLIND
FIND MY WAY BACK HOME
$15 CD


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This debut CD from NYC-based blues band Willie McBlind features 10 songs performed in 64-tone Just Intonation, 12-Tone Ultra Plus and Fretless. A progressive blues fusion evokes Harmonic Clouds over the delta. With Jon Catler, guitars and vocals; Babe Borden, vocals; Neville L’Green, bass; Chris Nappi, drums. Cover art by the legendary San Francisco poster artist Victor Moscoso.

“Stunning…………..” Down Beat Magazine

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WILLIE McBLIND
Find My Way Back Home
$15 poster


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Created by legendary San Francisco poster artist, Victor Moscoso.


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The Nature of Music
Jon Catler
$25 Paperback Edition


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The much anticipated manual that reveals the mysteries of the Harmonic Series and the evolution of Jon Catler’s 64-note per octave Just Intonation scale. FreeNote Music, 2003. Paperback.


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Jon Catler
EVOLUTION FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR & ORCHESTRA
$15 Limited Edition CD


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Performed in 62-Tone Just Intonation, this four movement symphonic work builds from sustained Harmonic resonance, to tight unison passages, to driving tribal rythmns, leading to a high-paced finale. Conducted by Grammy award winner Joel Thome (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) and led by Jon Catler’s 62-note per octave guitar, the orchestra features some of New York’s top musicians in a daring, landmark work. Instrumentation: 2 Just Intonation guitars, 2 violins, viola, cello, upright bass, electric JI bass, percussion, and 2 vocalists, all in 13-limit Harmonic Series tuning. If you’re interested in hearing the evolution of tuning and what can be done with the Harmonic Series in 2001, get this CD. This is a Limited Edition pressing.


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CATLER BROS.
CRASH LANDING
$15 CD


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This classic release from Catler Bros. features 10 songs composed and performed in 49-note per octave Just Intonation tuning. With Crash Landing the Catler Bros. have Harmonic Series tuning to places previously unexplored.


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Jon Catler
BIRDHOUSE
$15 CD


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Hovering in new musical territory, Birdhouse joins the unique talents of innovative guitarist and composer, Jon Catler and coloratura songstress, Meredith Borden.


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JON CATLER Live @ The American Festival of Microtonal Music, 1981-1999 (Pitch Records)
$15


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Seven microtonal compositions tracing the evolution of Catler’s involvement with the AFMM. Features 31-tone classical and electric guitars, 49-tone and 64-tone Just Intonation, 19-tone, fretless guitar in settings from small ensemble to electric guitar with full orchestra.

Featured musicians include Jon Catler, Brad Catler, Johnny Reinhard, Neil Haverstick, Hansford Rowe and more. Compositions include “La Religion est une Salope” (1981), “Sleeping Beauty” (1986), “Planet Slicer I” and “II” (1985/1987), “Timepeace” (1993), “Joint” (1994), and ���Evolution (Full Orchestral version – 1999).” Pitch CD. P-200206


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Stone Crazy Blues Band
Microstoned
$10 CD (plus $3 shipping and handling anywhere in the U.S.)

2008 release from guitarist Chris Morda’s Stone Crazy Blues Band featuring 11 instrumental songs performed on FreeNote 12-Tone Ultra Plus and fretless guitars. Includes innovative originals like Time Will Tell and new takes on classics by Muddy Waters, Blood Ulmer, Freddie King, and Robert Johnson. Recorded live to DAT.


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Stereo Society
Charles Ives’ Universe Symphony
$20 CD


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FreeNote Records announces the release by the Stereo Society of Charles Ives’ landmark American work. This is the first release of the polymicrotonal version realized from Ives’ notes through painstaking research by conductor Johnny Reinhard. This performance by the AFMM Orchestra features some of New York City’s top microtonal musicians including Mat Fieldes, Skip La Plante, Jon Catler, David Eggar and others. This limited edition features a 32-page booklet.


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American Festival of Microtonal Music
CHAMBER
$15 CD


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CHAMBER features microtonal gems of the 20th Century by prominent composers Julián Carrillo (Preludio A Colon), Charles Ives (String Quartet No. 2 in extended Pythagorean tuning featuring the FLUX Quartet), Lou Harrison (At The Tomb of Charles Ives), Harry Partch (Two Settings from Joyce’s Finnegans Wake), Iannis Xenakis (Anaktoria), and Giacinto Scelsi (KO-LHO).


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American Festival of Microtonal Music
EARLY
$15 CD


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Early celebrates the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in its historical well temperament of Werckmeister III tuning. Present are Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 2 & 3, examples from the Well-Tempered Clavier, composer Andreas Werckmeister’s Christmas Cantata Wo ist der Neugeborne König der Juden, and uncle Johann Michael Bach’s concerto Ach, bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ.


 

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American Festival of Microtonal Music
ODYSSEUS
$15 CD


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Odysseus by Johnny Reinhard features cellist Dave Eggar and 55 AFMM musicians in the polymicrotonal musical telling of the Homeric epic. The musicians represent a galaxy of the world’s best stemming from all walks of musical life.


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JC & THE MICROTONES
Cowpeople
$15 EP (vinyl)


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The record that started it all, this 4-song limited edition features trail-blazing rock performed in 31-tone equal temperament.