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musical systems (was fictional worlds)

From:bnathyuw <bnathyuw@...>
Date:Friday, August 9, 2002, 9:30
 --- Herman Miller <hmiller@...> wrote:
> Olaetian has words for different kinds of musical > instruments. I > actually drew crude pictures of some of them, and > made notes on the > pitch range of each one.
how are they tuned ? do you use the twelve-degree scale or modern western music, the 7 degree scale of old western music, the 5-degree scale of eastern music, or what ? i imagine you'ld want to base the harmony on the harmonic series, but where are the divisions between harmony and dissonance ? in western music it seems to have moved slowly from the fifth (3/2) up to ( possibly ) the major second (8/7 or 9/8) but further than that is still considered dissonant. the octave (2/1) and major fifth (3/2) are now considered bland and not really harmonic at all, although they were vital to parallel organum. is the diminished fifth (7/5) considered dissonant ( diabolo in musica ) or colourful ( i think it's a gorgeous sound ) ? btw, any vocabularly relating to all of this ? modes of the scale, harmonic intervals, note names, &c. too many questions ! bn __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts


Herman Miller <hmiller@...>