Sites which deal with tuning systems (historical and modern), just intonation, and theories of tuning, temperament, and harmelodics. In Baroque times the primary musical "experiments" were not really in melody, rhythm, or harmony, but in instrument building and tuning systems. Likewise, today the things which separate ambient music artists such as Tricky from experimental artists such as the Deep Listening Band or Harry Partch are in the depth to which experimental artists test new tuning systems.
Alternate Temperaments: Theory and Philosophy
Introduction to tuning systems, based on the Western cents system. Written by Terry Blackburn.
Dictionary of Microtonal Music Theory
Dictionary of common terms used in just tuning and equal temperament style tunings.
Includes information on the differences between equal temperament and well temperament and why Bach rejected equal temperament and celebrated well temperament.
Historical Tunings on the Modern Concert Grand
Tradational tunings of the grand piano and Beethoven's specific tunings.
An Introduction to Historical Tunings
Discusses the development of tuning systems in Medieval Europe.
Keyboard temperament analyzer/calculator
Excel spreadsheet that analyzes keyboard temperaments: gives beat rates for tuning, and harmonic-tension charts in all keys.
Previously unknown temperament found on the autograph title page of the "Well-Tempered Clavier"; published 2005. Includes explanations and links to scholarly articles.
Pythagorean Tuning and Medieval Polyphony
Article by Margo Schulter written in 1998.
Tool for the study of temperament anomalies.
World Scale Depository
Construction of a reference center of scale measurements throughout the world.
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