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March 28, 2016


Frederic Chiu

Thank you for the wonderful expose, for Carl Radford's video, and for including Hymns & Dervishes in this context. How Radford describes the ability of the harmonies to dictate tempo was particularly enlightening. I believe this is what is going on in the Dervishes part of the my recording, and now I understand why!


Fascinating to me, especially knowing a little of your research background. I've been surprised to learn I like a little conflict of tuning; one modern song that comes to mind is Norway by Beach House. The constant triad carries the song and its pitch sinks every now and then. And of course there's the majority of Blues... So at least imperfections are not completely lost in modern time. I was given a pamphlet for new, "more perfected" tuning system, I will pass on this article to its author and see how he responds.

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