Select Page

2/15: Back to Eden

Next Page: 3/2 – Circle of Fifths and the World Wide Musical Web

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!

If you would like to learn more about this chapter, “Back to Eden: Resolving the False Dichotomies,” you can buy the entire book, The Grand Unified Theory of Music, in pdf form for $25 with hundreds of embedded musical examples.

A free introduction to what The Grand Unified Theory of Music offers is on this website and includes both text and a few musical examples from each webpage. If you would like to learn more about this chapter and the full contents of this entire e-book, you can buy The Grand Unified Theory of Music for $25, with hundreds of embedded musical examples of scales and chords from all over the world — and ideas for how to set up your computer system —


You’ll get a personalized password you can use to see the entire e-book. Inside the full book, you will also get a link to the complete pdf file of this e-book, which you can read on your Kindle or similar device. The links to the hundreds of mp3 sound files – the same ones you can hear on the website — will also be included. This is “Version 1.0” of The Grand Unified Theory of Music. Because it is an e-book, additions, corrections and improvements in the sound may be added at any time. The Grand Unified Theory of Music is Copyright © 2018 by Christopher Mohr. All rights reserved.

One person per password. Sharing this password with others is a violation of copyright. Do not allow others to use your password or link to the pdf file!

Next Page: 3/2 – Circle of Fifths and the World Wide Musical Web