Bay Area native Harry Partch (1901-1974) was an iconoclastic composer of music, who early in his career abandoned traditional Western musical instruments and scales, and settled instead for a 43-tone-to-the-octave scale, borrowing on ancient tuning practices. Over a lifetime he designed and built an orchestra of instruments to play his music, but always regarded the human voice as the primary instrument.

Bitter Music: The Life of Harry Partch