Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to develop and promote the Kite Guitar and compatible
41-EDO or continuous-pitch instruments. We provide related music
education, support resources, and instrument production. This is a Free/Libre/Open (FLO) project because music should be accessible for everyone.
Kite Giedraitis invented the Kite Guitar in April 2019. He has been studying microtonal music since 2011. He is fascinated by microtonal notation, the intersection of music, mathematics and language. He has devised several notations, including the ups and downs notation for 41-edo. He is a computer programmer and the creator of alt-tuner, microtonal midi tuning software. A lyricist/composer/arranger, he plays African marimba and mbira in his band Fools In Paradise. He also teaches and builds marimbas.
Aaron Wolf was working on his classical guitar degree at Eastern
Michigan University in 2001, when a friend introduced him to barberhop
harmony. After getting hooked on ringing chords by ear, he went mad
trying to tune the chords on his 12EDO guitar, Chapman Stick, and
synthesizers. Over the years, he played with several software options,
read dozens of books on psychoacoustics and tuning etc, got a Tonal Plexus keyboard (41EDO × 5 = 205EDO!), tried fretless guitar…
But he kept dreaming of a way to get locked barbershop chords and other
tuning subtleties with the expression of playing on real strings.
Aaron met Kite in 2013, and he was present for the initial sparks that led to the Kite Guitar. He assisted with the initial development of the language, standards, and resources. He teaches private guitar lessons with his own creative approach (see wolftune.com) and is slowly evangelizing the Kite Guitar to his regular guitar students (the first full convert being Athan Spathas).
Athan Spathas is an innovator of many mediums. He's been playing guitar since 6th grade and was in the Future Music Oregon program at U of Oregon, and dabbled in many forms of digital instrumentation. He wasn't much interested in microtonality until he was exposed to the Kite Guitar, which has totally altered the way he percieves and understands music. He wants more people to play the Kite Guitar and has become a luthier just to help get more of them out into the world. He develops and supports Free/Libre/Open (FLO) Source Techology wherever possible; teaching workshops and doing consultation and interface design. He met Timmy while teaching a workshop on Linux Audio in 2019: little did they know a year later they would both be avid Kite Guitarists.
Timmy Barnett is a professional multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and software engineer. He holds a master’s degree in violin performance from Ball State University. He has been involved with many school districts as a weekly sectional coach and private lesson teacher. He has played violin and viola for many orchestras including the Danville Symphony Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, and has served as concertmaster for the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra and Fishers Chamber Orchestra. He plays and teaches a wide variety of genres including classical, jazz, Irish, and rock. He plays violin with !mindparade.
Matthew Autry is a guitarist and luthier in Olympia, Washington who pioneered the concept of omitting half of the frets (or two-thirds, three-fourths, etc.) of a large EDO. He has explored EDOs 53, 65, 72, 87, 118 and 130. He visited Kite and introduced him to the concept, even loaning him guitars that he had refretted. The Kite Guitar is directly inspired by Matthew's work, and we are all indebted to him!
Mike Doolin is a luthier in Portland who has extensively researched the difficulties of achieving accurate intonation in guitars. He has graciously volunteered his time to train us in guitar conversion. Mike is currently retired from lutherie and is a full-time guitarist. His website is DoolinGuitars.com
Anyone who owns a Kite Guitar can be listed here, if they choose.
Send us a photo and a little information about yourself!
Richie Greene is a composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist based in Portland, Oregon. He has written for the Oregon Symphony, 45ᵗʰ Parallel Chamber Orchestra, and eighth blackbird, and has arranged music with such groups as Y La Bamba, Blind Pilot, and the Parenthetical Girls. His music has been mentioned by the New York Times, NPR, and the Washington Post among others. Richie initially stumbled his way into the microtonal community after spending several years exploring a curiosity of acoustic spectral realism: if a collection of string instruments can sound like intelligible human speech with an identifiable timbre. This fascination led him to investigate functional harmony in extended just intonation systems and temperaments, which eventually led Richie to meet Kite in late 2019. He is now the proud owner of a converted Russian 7-string Kite Guitar, on which he continues to explore performable possibilities and simply arrange his favorite tunes.