Back to Eden: Resolving the False Dichotomies
But when I look in your eyes and see the harmonies and the heartaches soften. I’m getting in tune, Right in tune, I’m in tune, And I’m gonna tune, Right in on you. – The Who, “I’m in Tune”
We can see that there are several paths back to the musical Eden we left 500 years ago. The false dichotomy of musical simplicity versus in-tune performance can now be resolved in a number of ways. Your goal as a composer is to decide upon a musical template that works for you. If you were satisfied with the 12-eq template, you would not have read even this far. So your next step is to find a tuning system that offers maximum utility for you (and possibly for future generations of composers who may pick up where you leave off). You may also choose to move among several templates, as many contemporary composers are doing. This chapter summarizes the major alternatives, including pure just intonation, Johnny Reinhard’s 128-note overtonal tuning, and a number of equal temperaments. If you want to pursue the 53-equal template, this is the book for you!
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