Just-intonation tuning and microtonal music-theory form the conceptual basis of many musical scales and tuning systems. From the Sumerians 4000 years ago and ancient Greeks centuries later, right through the middle-ages and renaissance, musicians have studied math and music, and these two topics were inseparable.
Unfortunately, for the last 100 years, Western music has generally ignored its own math-and-music foundations. Composers, theorists, and instrumentalists have focused on the rote learning of unchangable symbolic rules and musical scales, thereby remaining ignorant of the fundamental relationship between math and music.
Microtonal and just intonation composers and theorists have recently been working to re-establish the connection between math and music through the development of microtonal music theory. This vibrant, growing community of microtonal music theorists, composers, and software developers has been making tremendous contributions to our knowledge and understanding of a variety of topics in contemporary and historic music theory:
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