Fun with Numbers

January 10, 2007

To create a truly spooky vibe, Barna plays this lick on a nylon-string guitar while eerie harmonies swell in the background. “The accompaniment,” says Barna, “consists of alternating tritone voicings and augmented chords all contained within the whole-tone scale. I liked the results so much, I went on to compose a 13-minute suite based on the lick and its related numerical and harmonic ideas.” To hear Barna’s haunted Reader’s Challenge submission online, visit

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