Why Does Music Only Use 12 Different Notes?


From David Bennett Piano.

Why does Western music divide the octave into 12 different notes? Why not 13, or 19 or 24 notes? For such a simple sounding question, the answer is actually a tangle of history, physics and human preference. Get ready for some serious music theory!

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Gamelan Music: https://youtu.be/UEWCCSuHsuQ
12Tone talking 12TET: https://youtu.be/ZOLRvbPURXQ
Where does the 12-tone scale come from: https://youtu.be/CFbG-8eYKJU
Audio Spectrum (AdminOfThisSite): https://youtu.be/qNf9nzvnd1k
Perception of Octaves: https://www.quantamagazine.org/perceptions-of-musical-octaves-are-learned-not-wired-in-the-brain-20191030/
Playable Harmonic Series: https://alexanderchen.github.io/harmonics/
Octave circularity in the auditory brain: http://www.neuroscience-of-music.se/eng7.htm

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