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CHAT music scales (was Re: various infotaining natlang tidbits)]

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Thursday, June 15, 2000, 20:58
In a message dated 2000/06/15 07:49:19 PM, Irina wrote:

>Equal temperament doesn't agree >with me.
There is something to the theory that one of the reasons 12 tone Equal Temperament is so prevalent is due to the Industrial Revolution & the processes of mass-production (the other factors are, of course, cultural colonialism & cultural imperialism). The late composer/instrument-builder Lou Harrison was much opposed to Equal Temperament, preferring to use various & many Just Intonation scale tunings, esp'ly scales based on Indonesian _Pelog_ & _Slendro_ as well as many East Asian pentatonics. There is so much one can do in a ConCulture with music "outside" 12 tone Equal Temperament (12tET). zHANg