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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Tuning Balinese Scales

The music of Bali is a good example that has a seven-tone scale tuned quite unlike any other tuning system in the world. Figure 25.2 shows the cents measurements necessary to fine-tune a Balinese dedicated keyboard.

Figure 25.2. Balinese metallophone tuning.

However, you must bear in mind that precise tunings can vary depending upon the locality. Therefore, Figure 25.2 is merely a sample tuning. If you want to hear an example of fine-tuning from this area, listen to Track 52 on the CD. The scale has been tuned to Thai seven-tone equal temperament—a unique tuning in which the gaps between the seven notes of the scale ...

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