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The 32 equal division divides the octave into 32 equal parts of precisely 37.5 cents each. While even advocates of less-common edos can struggle to find something about it worth noting, it does provide an excellent tuning for Petr Parízek's sixix temperament, which tempers out the 5-limit sixix comma, 3125/2916, using its 9\32 generator of size 337.5 cents. Parízek's preferred generator for sixix is (128/15)^(1/11), which is 337.430 cents and which gives equal error to fifths and major thirds, so 32edo does sixix about as well as sixix can be done. It also can be used (with the 9\32 generator) to tune mohavila, an 11-limit temperament which does not temper out sixix.

It also tempers out 2048/2025 in the 5-limit, and 50/49 with 64/63 in the 7-limit, which means it supports pajara temperament, with a very sharp fifth of 712.5 cents which could be experimented with by those with a penchant for fifths even sharper than the fifth of 27edo; this fifth is in fact very close to the minimax tuning of the pajara extension pajaro, using the 32f val. In the 11-limit it provides the optimal patent val for the 15&32 temperament, tempering out 55/54, 64/63 and 245/242.

Z function

Below is a plot of the Z function, showing how its peak (ie most negative) value is shifted above 32, corresponding to a zeta tuning with octaves flattened to 1197.375 cents. This will improve the fifth, at the expense of the third.

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Music

Sixix by Petr Parízek
32 32 32 Nothing Less Will Do by Chris Vaisvil