Microtone Scale

A typical octave scale contains 12 semitones (or pitches). In contrast, a microtonal scale can have anywhere from 13 to 88 intervals or notes within a single octave, compared to only 12 notes in the traditional octave scale. 

Octave Scale with 12 Semitones

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Microtone Scale with 24 Semitones

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Microtonal music is fully codified with complicated notations in a musical score so that performers can play the exact microtones intended by the composer. Click the play button to hear Carrillo's music.

Julian Carrillo (1875-1965)

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Preludio a Cristobal Colon

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