[linux-audio-user] Very new and unfinished

Chuckk Hubbard badmuthahubbard at gmail.com
Wed Dec 20 20:55:10 EST 2006

On 12/19/06, lanas <lanas at securenet.net> wrote:
> On Tue, 19 Dec 2006 10:10:32 +0100
> Thorsten Wilms <t_w_ at freenet.de> écrivait:
> > The chinese touch could be emphasized by working
> > out the pentatonic character, I guess.
> I've been listening to some Chinese music recently and one
> characteristic that's found here and there is the sliding of many
> notes towards what they end up to be.  Like when painting a wall and
> doing a faux finish: a base coloured coat is applied and then a paler
> coat is put using a rag or somesuch.  The target note is known but the
> instrument works its way towards it.  Surely this is due to the nature
> of some of the traditional Chinese instruments.

One thing most people don't know is that occasionally the 8/7
frequency ratio came up on the Ch'in.  If your finger is where the 8th
harmonic would be, i.e. 1/8th of the string, and you press down to
stop the string, the string length goes to 7/8 of full length,
producing the 8/7 frequency, which goes against everything else in the
system.  This link has lots of info.

> Apart from that, throwing a good amount of semitones would at least
> convey a cliché Middle Eastern mood.  That'd be fun with the Alps
> background.

This book is one of the best resources on Islamic tunings I've found:
Mostly focusing on Greek tunings, but also addressing the alterations
the Islamic theorists made to the Greek systems.
(I skip down past all the writing to the tables usually)
Al Farabi was the man to know.
I know most people aren't interested in tuning, but for those who are
curious, check it out.


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