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Kite's color notation


The following is excerpted from my forthcoming book, "Alt-tonal Music: Theory, Notation and Practice", available at www.TallKite.com.

Color notation provides a way to talk about ratios without using numbers, making microtonal music more accessible to people who aren't mathematically inclined. It's designed for just intonation, but like sagittal notation, it can be expanded to cover temperaments. Also, even those who never use JI still generally talk about ratios quite a bit, and this notation can be a useful tool. For example, temperaments can be named after the color of the comma(s) that are tempered out.

7-limit interval names

Note names

Chord names

Chord progressions, scales, keys and modulations

Staff notation

Paradoxical intervals

Higher primes