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unequal temperament

[John Chalmers, Divisions of the Tetrachord]

Also called Linear Temperaments, an unequal temperament does not divide the octave into equal parts, but may equally divide other rational intervals.

An example is meantone whose perfect fifth is the fourth root of 5/1.

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