Daniel wolf wrote:

When I had my gambang (xylophone) keys made in Klaten, Java, the maker

first tuned the 2nd partial to an exact double octave and then tuned it

away from this interval, so that "it would be heard". This demonstrated

that the maker was aware of how the timbre could be manipulated, but

deliberately chose a non-harmonic timbre to bring out the distinctiveness

of the instrument.

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Daniel,

Please explain the process by which these instrument builders tune the 2nd

partial in an octave relationship.

Darren Burgess

Gainesville FL

Here is s huge list of scientific software, much of it for free:

http://euclid.math.fsu.edu/Science/Software.html

--- In crazy_music@y..., "John Starrett" <jstarret@c...> wrote:

> --- In crazy_music@y..., xed@e... wrote:

> > Alas, John, this points up a truly grotesque aspect of today's

> modern world...namely, the obscenely high price of mathematical

> software.

> Yikes! I had no idea. I got the student edition and I am still

using

> it. It costs $99 and is complete, no restrictions except that they

> want you to be a student to use it. OK, sign up for the cheapest

class

> at the cheapest community college in your area and pay $99.

> Mathematica has the same deal, $99 student edition for

> registered students, full blown.

The student version of Maple has no such restriction on it. It is

crippleware which they neglected to cripple--for almost all practical

purposes, it is the same as the full version. Maple IMHO is easier to

use and to program than Mathematica and better for some applications.

Among mathematicians, algebraists and number theorists seem to prefer

Maple, and geometers Mathematica.

<snip>

> The student version of Maple has no such restriction on it. It is

> crippleware which they neglected to cripple--for almost all

practical

> purposes, it is the same as the full version. Maple IMHO is easier

to

> use and to program than Mathematica and better for some

applications.

> Among mathematicians, algebraists and number theorists seem to

prefer

> Maple, and geometers Mathematica.

Yup, and it's only $129.