[TUHS] The most surprising Unix programs

Wesley Parish wobblygong at gmail.com
Sat Mar 21 14:59:50 AEST 2020

In a word: ratios. Each note is in a ratio to each other note being
played, either after, while, or after it is being played. It's called
the harmonic or overtone series, and if you've ever looked at a
half-way decent brass instrument method/tutor, you'll have seen it in
all its glory. The nicer-sounding ratios are the ones usually used -
the octaves, the fifths, the fourths and the thirds. The others, the
sixths, the sevenths and the seconds, tend to clash more and/or add a
mournful tone to the music.

Chapter 3:
How Tones and Overtones REALLY Work
gives a non-technical but mathematically sound description: table 4 is
worth its weight in platinum.

Wesley Parish

On 3/21/20, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 10:08:50AM -0400, Richard Salz wrote:
>> A cool thing about tools is that you never know how it will be used.
>> Bach's prelude in C major from Well-Tempered Clavier book I, written in
>> pure (GNU) sed: https://github.com/laserbat/bach.sed
> If someone understands how this all works, my less capable brain would
> love an explanation.  My dad and my kid have told me that classical
> music is math but I've never seen it.  Seems like this is probably
> the example I need.

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