Click the play buttons below to listen to a simple looping pattern using four different tuning systems.


This example uses a tuning system called 12-tone equal temperament, or 12-TET. As discussed on the previous page, this is the default tuning for MIDI hardware and software like Ableton Live.


And this uses a tuning system called Rast. This tuning is based on music specifically from the region of Egypt and greater Syria.

12 Tertial-Septimal LMY WTP

This tuning was created by the composer La Monte Young for a composition called The Well-Tuned Piano.


And this tuning is called 24-tone equal temperament, which introduces tones between semitones.