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Dean Drummond dies at 64; microtonal composer and musician
Dean Drummond dies at 64; microtonal composer and musician

Drawn to imaginative ideas about sound and pitch, musician and composer Dean Drummond found the traditional instruments of European classical music inadequate to perform the seemingly "out of tune" intervals of microtonal music. So he followed the lead of his mentor — iconoclastic American composer Harry Partch — and invented instruments that would produce a complete palette of tonal pitches. The music makers were known by such fittingly unconventional names as the zoomoozophone and juststrokerods. "Music using only 12 tones," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2011, "is like buying a box that has 12 crayons, when you could have more fun with...

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