Verse:Tricin/Zoom Islands

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The Zoom Islands are an archipelago in Verse:Tricin, and the homeland of the Zoomers who speak !Zoom.

Music

Instruments: Drums, metallophones, lithophones, voice

Tuning and scales

The tuning used by Zoom musicians is 10 approximately equally spaced notes of a stretched octave (which sometimes may be up to 10 cents sharper than a true octave). Zoom musicians use 7 note subsets at a time, often built by stacking neutral thirds (~ 360 cents). Modulations to other keys may also be used. However, depending on the village, natives may not tune in 10 exactly equal steps.

The scales are given below in scales, with their approximate pitches based on C. (+ = half sharp, d = half flat)

The five "basic" modes are:

  • 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 (≈ C D+ Ed F# G Bdb B C)
  • 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 (≈ C D+ Ed F# G Ad B C)
  • 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 (≈ C D+ Ed F G Ad B C)
  • 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 (≈ C Db Ed F G Ad B C)
  • 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 (≈ C Db Ed F G Ad Bdb C)

However there are some altered modes:

  • 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 (≈ C D+ Ed F# G Ad Bdb C)
  • 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 (≈ C D+ Ed F G Ad Bdb C), influenced by harmonic series scales in Talman music