01 February 2008

Musical Interlude

Speaking of wisdom, the twelve-tone equal temperament scale (a/k/a 12-TET)—all the white and black notes in a standard piano octave—which allows the musician to transpose any song from one key to another and perfectly up or down octaves, seems to me a good candidate. One compromises the purity of certain intervals in order to preserve pure octaves, meanwhile barring the door to the big bad 'wolf'.

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