Meantone Audio Examples for Kyle Gann's book The Arithmetic of Listening: Tuning Theory and History for the Impractical Musician

Here is Giovanni Battista Benedetti's demonstration of the unworkability of just intonation, as published in his Diversarum speculationem mathematicarum & physicorum liber of 1585:

Here is a piano version played faster to make the pitch shift more obvious:

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