Tuning playfully: Composed and adaptive tunings in bitklavier

Dan Trueman, Aatish Bhatia, Michael Mulshine, Theo Trevisan

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Combining a new software system with the familiar interface of the MIDI keyboard, bitKlavier is a versatile instrument for exploring the nature of tuning and temperament. We describe a number of approaches it facilitates, including composed tunings, moving fundamental systems, and a novel system for adaptive tuning. All of these are characterized by the overarching design priority for bitKlavier to be a context for musical play and exploration, as opposed to finding singular, “correct” solutions to particular tuning “problems,” as has often been the case historically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-88
Number of pages22
JournalComputer Music Journal
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Media Technology
  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications


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