Information on Alternate Tunings

Note: This site is about tuning systems. There is, deliberately, no information here about the history of absolute pitch. If you are seeking information about the alleged superiority of A 432 Hz (the most boring topic I can imagine), or any other absolute pitch standard, there is nothing here for you and please don't contact me about it. Sorry.

A beginner's crash course in Just Intonation (6.21.05)

An introduction to Historical Tunings (3.7.98)

Anatomy of an Octave: a reference chart of over 700 intervals within an octave, defined by ratios and cents (1.23.99)

For tuning aficionados, here are My Idiosyncratic Reasons for Using Just Intonation (6.14.04)

My microtonal composing method: How the 13th Harmonic Saved My Sorry Ass (3.6.15)

Audio examples for the upcoming book The Arithmetic of Listening: Tuning Theory and History for the Impractical Musician

Conference papers and keynote addresses on composing in just intonation:
"La Monte Young's The Well-Tuned Piano", published in Perspectives of New Music, Winter 1993
"The Outer Edge of Consonance" from the book Sound and Light: La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela (PDF)
A Whole Different Serving of Tapioca: Exploring Just Intonation Dissonance - for the 1/1 journal
Key Eccentricity in Ben Johnston's Suite for Microtonal Piano - for the Huygens-Fokker journal
Navigating the Infinite Web of Pitch Space - for the Open Space journal, Spring 2000
Keynote Address for the 2012 Harry Partch Conference in Boston
Regarding Ben: A Keynote Address to the Microtonal Conference at Wright State University (2010)

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