MICROTONAL STUDY is an expansion of a 60 second work first submitted to VoxNovus in 2010. The A section of the overall ABA form utilizes the overtone series on C up to the 32nd harmonic. The middle section combines the usage of two equal tempered scales – one with eleven and one with thirteen notes to the octave.
John R. Akins (b. 1939), a Michigan native, received his B.M. and M.M. in theory/composition from Southern Methodist University and a D.M.A. in composition from the University of Texas, Austin, studying at the latter with Hunter Johnson and Kent Kennan. He has taught at Texas Lutheran College, at the University of Maine at Machias, and from 1977-2010 at Evangel University, Springfield, MO. He has received commissions from the Missouri Music Teachers Association twice, the second of which resulted in “Striking Resemblance,” as well as from the Machias Bay (Maine) Community Concerts Association, the Springfield (MO) Symphony Orchestra, and tenor Ron Brendel. He has membership in Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), and Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) and has had numerous performances at their regional and national conferences, as well as at Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C., at National Music Camp, Interlochen, MI.