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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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History of Intonation

During the second half of the last century, a lot of experimentation took place, exploring alternative kinds of intonation to our equal temperament. American musicians such as Californian La Monte Young became very interested in the use of pure intervals; his improvisatory 1964 work The Well Tuned Piano required that the piano be tuned in pure thirds (5/4), fifths (3/2) and harmonic sevenths (7/4).

Since then, many software programs have looked at this issue and provided means for musicians to use their own favored tunings. This technology has advanced so much that it is even possible to invent and come up with your own tunings. The way this works is that the octave is divided up into 1,200 cents, in which each equal semitone ...

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