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Season’s Greetings

Posted by midiguru on December 23, 2012

One of my Facebook friends posted a beautiful rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” for harp and oboe (probably sampled, but done with great care). My beady little brain said, “Heck, why not?” So here’s my take on the same tune. It’s … a little different, and certainly not as professionally produced as my friend’s, but I only spent three hours on it, so I don’t think I have anything to apologize for.

This happens to be in 31-note equal temperament, but nobody would be likely to notice the fact, as there are no outside notes at all. The only perceptible result of using that tuning — if it’s perceptible at all — is that the thirds and sixths sound a little more pure than we’re used to.

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2 Responses to “Season’s Greetings”

  1. Bob Foose said

    Is this 31 tone to the octave , or to the octave-plus-fifth.

    • midiguru said

      31 to the octave. I’ve never explored that whole Bohlen-Pierce 3/1 area, and I have, to be perfectly honest, no inclination to do so. It seems very artificial to me on an intellectual basis, and I also don’t care for the sound.

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