by simon baird

Friday, November 21, 2008

Harry Partch

"some thirty five years ago i began experimenting with musical scales different from the piano scale. and for theoretical and practical instrument building purposes i determined on a fourty three tone to the octave scale. here is the scale on my chromelodian, an adapted reed organ"

"the diamond marimba has thirty six blocks placed in diagonal rows so that one stroke of a mallet will play either triads, or full chords. right hand strokes are major, while left hand strokes are minor."

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