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Just Intonation and Fractile Living

The awesome beauty of fractile living is that there are infinite voices, opportunities, and options.  When talking of pitch, those around me are ordinarily talking of the key of  Concert C and Concert A.  In 1955, the pitch of “A” was changed to 440 hertz.*  All the respective voices of instruments tuned to the first chair Violin A were tuned accordingly.   Outside of orchestra circles, is this has vastly affected contemporary music.  Most digitized instruments including pianos, violins, and other musical instruments are tuned to the revised and affirmed A440 tone.

A440 is not universally accepted.  Tones of the indigenous African, Asian, Aborigine, East and American Indians remain largely unchanged and include what is now named the Solfeggio tones. The Solfeggio tones (UT, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA) documented as late as chants by Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 17 September 1179) were depicted as square (not oval) notes.  The tone of Solfeggio’s RE is 417 hertz, only slightly distant from the contemporary baroque “A” standard accepted as 415 hertz.

Just intonation may be thought of as those tones resolving to 3, 6, and 9.   When these tones are made available to my friends, their bodies and minds literally absorb the sounds.  The most common words I hear in offering the Solfeggio tones in sound therapy is “Wow. I feel so peaceful.”

* ISO 16:1975 Acoustics — Standard tuning frequency (Standard musical pitch). From the International Organization for Standardization. 1975.This standard was taken up by the International Organization for Standardization in 1955 (reaffirmed by them in 1975) as ISO 16.

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