SA21: The Just Intonation Issue

Western music is at a moment of equal temperament ascendancy. We are trained to hear 12 evenly spaced half steps per octave and the harmonies that result from this system are deemed "normal" and "correct to our 21st century ears. There are other ways of building musical harmony, however, and one of the earliest and purest is just intonation.

 

Just intonation, very simply put, is the process of choosing pitches based on superparticular (or whole number ratios). In this issue, you'll find discussion of the history of just intonation, how it works, how to compose using it, and how different composers from Harry Partch and Lou Harrison to Taylor Brook and Catherine Lamb use the concept as a basis for radical new voices in musical composition.

 

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Releases Before They Disappear!!!

 

Happy New Year from Sound American Publications. We have some really big "doins" for 2019, which we'll be announcing in the next month.

 

Until then, our stock of releases from 2018 are already getting low and so this is a happy reminder from us to you that, if you haven't picked up your limited edition copy of:

 

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Sound American: Issues 4 through 7 Book

 

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