Music and IQ

Dr.Matt fields at login.itd.umich.edu
Sat Sep 30 20:09:12 EST 2000


In article <GeIlJGANpQ15EwVY at hpsl.demon.co.uk>,
Ken Moore  <ken at hpsl.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>In article <41e9tss3hut4mv05mjo6avctnpr4pr02ng at 4ax.com>, Hans-Georg
>Michna <hans-georgNoEmailPlease at michna.com> writes
>>Given the choice between 12 and 19, we're probably not surprised
>>that nature and our biology preferred 12. 19 tones would be
>>unwieldy and unnecessarily complicated. I would guess that
>>nature simply chose the lowest number for which the mathematics
>>of hitting close to 3/2 and 4/3 happen to work.
>
>Rohan de Saram plays the 'cello in that temperament.

You can buy 19-tone guitars.
But most people who play fretless instruments vary between 12 and
40 tones per octave depending on their situation. 35 is the norm.
Equal subdivisions of the octave are not.



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