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Non-Pythagorean scale


The Non-Pythagorean scale is a musical scale and tuning first conceived and developed by Robert Schneider of The Apples in Stereo. It is based on natural logarithms. The term "Non-Pythagorean" is a reference to the Pythagorean tuning of the chromatic scale.

The scale was introduced in 2007 with the release of New Magnetic Wonder, the sixth studio album by The Apples in Stereo. The album featured two brief compositions using the scale. Enhanced CD versions of the album included a third composition as well as a variety of information from Schneider concerning the scale. Audio files and instructions are also on the disc, enabling the listener to prepare a MIDI keyboard to play in the Non-Pythagorean scale.

Though use of the scale is still sparse, a handful of artists have composed with it, and Schneider has encouraged those interested to experiment with it and continue development of a possible musical theory.

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  • A brief explanation of the differences between Pythagorean and Non-Pythagorean scales at Pop Culture Will Eat Itself


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