How to write microtonal music? (Quick guide)

Posted on February 10, 2018

New musical instruments with ridiculous modulations capabilities, like Roli's Seaboard, Keith McMillen’s K-Board pro 4, or Haken Audio’s Continuum Fingerboard among others have opened the doors for sounds and tones that go far beyond Western tuning, making it easy to make and create microtonal music or what would some people call xenharmonic music.

So, now that virtually everyone can play or create microtonal music, one of the questions is how to write microtones on a score or sheet music?

The conventional music notation, with its twelve-tone divisions, is not quite optimised for that. Adding additional alterations makes it even more difficult to read musical sheets.

This is why we’ve developed a microtonal mode on Dodeka, which allows to expand the musical resolution to 48 microtones. Yes, you’ve heard it right. 48 microtones!

Want to find out more about Dodeka’s microtonal capabilities? Check our new page out here!

** We are currently working on the Dodeka Music Library project, which seeks to translate as many as possible sheet music into the Dodeka notation. Check out our progress and get early access to the first ever Dodeka music library. **

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