Microtonal Music

Western music is based on the octave- which despite the name is based on 12 evenly-spaced notes per doubling of frequency. However some Indian music has not only the “half-steps” (chromatic steps) of the Western scale, it also has “quarter-steps.” I personally can’t hear quarter steps.

The modern name for this concept of cutting the octave into different-sized pieces for each note is “microtonal.” Some of the instruments used to make this music are really wild.

Here’s a short list of some of the sites I have been looking at :

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