Timmy Barnett is a musician, teacher, and FLO (Free/Libre/Open) software/hardware developer. He studied violin with Anna Vayman at Ball State University, where he received his BM and MM. 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 performs on many instruments and in many genres. He teaches and performs on string instruments bowed and plucked, fretted and unfretted, as well as piano and organ. His fascination with composition and improvisation has led him to baroque figured bass realization, jazz, Irish (Indianapolis Ceili Band), and rock (!mindparade).

Timmy has always been curious about non-Western tunings. Stephen Weigel introduced him to microtonality while they were both students at Ball State University. Soon after moving to Portland, OR, he met Kite Giedraitis who introduced him to the Kite guitar. He has been playing Kite guitar and helping promote it since late 2019. This instrument has lead him to play 41-edo and 19-limit Just Intonation on violin.

FLO (Free/Libre/Open) Music Projects

Kite Guitar is a revolutionary guitar that can easily access 7-limit just inotation. The first 16 harmonics from the series are all better tuned than 12 tone equal temperment.

The FLO Music Method is a music method that is free for all. It is for learning the most basic and fundamental concepts as well as newer and less familiar concepts such as playing 13-limit just intonation on violin using 41-edo (fingering chart for 3 strings of violin/viola/cello). It is FLO in that students and teachers can take any part of the method and adapt it however they wish.

FLO (Free/Libre/Open) Music Projects

The code for all will be public under GPL by February

Music recordings and scores are either GPL or CC

Open Midi Interface is a midi controller I built in 2018.

Qwerty Stompbox / Mouse Expression Pedal / Phone Theremin is for turning unexpected devices into musical instruments. A stompbox is a general name for guitar effects footpedals. A piano sustain pedal is also a footpedal. If a pedal suddenly breaks, one should be able to dig up a qwerty keyboard from a closet and continue practicing without delay.

Phones have all kinds of useful hardware, but they do not make the hardwarer easily accessible. A phone with a broken screen still has a working accelerometer. While manufactures have no interest in helping users reuse their accelerometers, screens, leds, cameras, microphones, speakers, gps, these can still be accessed and more easily through software. In an ideal world, all these parts would be well documented on every phone and they could be easily reclaimed and reused for different purposes such as musical instruments or tools such as a tuner and metronome.

FLOrgan Pedalboard is a FLO organ pedalboard. The first working version of this was completed in 2017. This uses force sensetive resistors. This means that the pedalboard can sense velocity and after touch. These can also be ignored for all keypresses to be the same dynamic. This pedalboard is highly adaptible. I also included a standard midi jack so that it can go straight into a midi keyboard. The midi can also be sent to a computer through the usb jack.

Organs and grand pianos are instruments that are hard to access. They are both large and can be very expensive. Yet there is a huge supply of half working electronic organs and many can be found for free. New organ pedalboards with midi such as this one are extremely expensive, especially considering all the pedalboards that can be found for free. Older pedalboards predate midi, which makes them inaccessible unless you have the working organ to go with it.

Organs are also difficult to move. Of course you want your B3 and leslie speaker at a venue, but it comes at the price of transporting it there. You also need the space to keep an organ. Many organists travel to practice because they cannot do so effectively in their homes. A stand-alone pedalboard can be paired with a keyboard at home like this.

One can use FLO software for the sound sampling such as GrandOrgue.

Though functioning, this pedalboard is currently still very much a prototype as it still uses a breadboard. After releasing the code under GPL and finalizing the hardware for this one, I plan to make more in the future and support others doing the same.

Code for 09/17/21 Kenton Club gig


Ode to Creative Commons

Downminor Etude

Short A Upminor Progression