The Octave is Dead… Long Live the Octave



The octave is the most consonant interval after the unison A low C on the piano sounds “the same” as a high C. Scales “repeat” at octave intervals. These commonsense notions are found wherever music is discussed:

The most basic musical interval is the octave, which occurs when the frequency of any tone is doubled or halved. Two tones an octave apart create a feeling of identity, or the duplication of a single pitch in a higher or lower register1.


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© Springer-Verlag London 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin — MadisonMadisonUSA

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