Apotome is an interactive, generative, microtonal installation created by Iraqi multi-instrumentalist composer and researcher Khyam Allami. The piece was made in collaboration with Tero Parviainen and Samuel Diggins of Counterpoint, a creative studio working with music and interactive technology.
Through its generative and interactive format, the installation invites visitors to experiment with microtonal tunings and scales. In doing so, it helps demystify the world of microtonality by allowing participants to experience the results of their experiments immediately. The use of hardware synthesizer modules encourages participants to actively engage with the composition’s timbre in real-time.
Apotome is an extension of Khyam’s bespoke microtonal tools Leimma and the Max4Live patch Comma, which enable music makers and educators to create, discover and use microtonal modes and scales in their creative projects.