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Book Review: In Pursuit of the Unknown by Ian Stewart

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Bellhop   5/11/2012 1:44:23 PM
RE: 12 note musical scale. You can indeed play in any key and have it sound the same because we use the "Equal Tempered Scale", where the ratio between each of the 12 tones is the 12th root of 2. This tuning is a compromise. We make all of the keys sound the same by making all of them wrong! If you tune an instrument using fourth and fifth intervals, it will sound delightful in that key, but will sound increasingly out of tune as you move to more distant keys. Many musicians today object to the equal tempered scale on the grounds that it is never right. Listen to recording made using other tunings. They are distinctive! A MIDI keyboard is an ideal platform for experimenting with alternate tunings as you can quickly change from one to another.

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