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Just Intonation Networklocked

  • Paul R. West

United States-based collective founded in 1984 by David Doty, Henry Rosenthal, and Carola Anderson. The Just Intonation Network’s membership has attracted a wide-ranging group of musicians including composers, theorists, performers, and instrument designers and builders as well as hobbyists whose work is primarily focused on just intonation. Dealing with the physical properties of sound, just intonation is an expandable tuning system in which pitches are derived from the overtone series of a specific fundamental pitch and are expressed in relation to said fundamental. As a collective, the group has served as a forum for just intonation on an international scale. In addition to providing a meeting ground for musicians, the Just Intonation Network has published several works including Doty’s The Just Intonation Primer (San Francisco: 1993, 1994, 2002) and has made available three compilation recordings of members’ compositions: Tellus 14: Just Intonation (1986, a volume of the Tellus audio cassette magazine), Rational Music for an Irrational World (Just Intonation Network, 1989), and Numbers Racket (JIN, 1992). The collective established a resource center for obtaining rare and hard-to-find recordings and texts related to just intonation. As an active composer and founding member, Doty also served as a guiding force by editing and contributing to the group’s periodical 1/1: the Journal of the Just Intonation Network.

Published between the years 1984 and 2007, 1/1 primarily comprises articles dealing with the subjects of compositional practice and theoretical research regarding just intonation, along with additional historical articles, composer interviews, reviews, scores, and occasional recordings. Notable contributors to 1/1 are Ben Johnston, Lou Harrison, La Monte Young, John Schneider, and Dean Drummond. After Doty’s resignation as editor of 1/1 in 2006, the Just Intonation Network ceased publishing new works and newsletters although it has continued to remain a loosely connected collective.

See also Tuning systems