5edo
5-edo divides the 1200-cent octave into 5 equal parts, making its smallest interval exactly 240 cents, or the fifth root of two.
5 Equal Divisions of the Octave: Theory
5-edo is the 3rd prime edo, after 2edo and 3edo. Most importantly, 5-edo is the smallest edo containing xenharmonic intervals! (1edo 2edo 3edo 4edo are all subsets of 12edo.)
There is a lot of near-equipentatonic world music, just google "gyil" or "amadinda" or "slendro".
Listen to the sound of the 5-edo scale
For any musician, there is no substitute for the experience of a particular xenharmonic sound. The user going by the name Hyacinth on Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons has many xenharmonic MIDI's and has graciously copylefted them! This is his 5-edo scale MIDI:
Intervals in 5-edo
degrees | size in | Closest diatonic interval name |
The "neighborhood" of just intervals | ||
---|---|---|---|---|---|
cents | pions | 7mus | |||
0 | 0 | unison / prime | exactly 1/1 | ||
1 | 240 | 254.4 | 307.2 (133.3_{16}) | second, third | +8.826¢ from septimal second 8/7
-4.969¢ from diminished third 144/125 -13.076¢ from augmented second 125/108 -26.871¢ from septimal minor third 7/6 |
2 | 480 | 508.8 | 614.4 (266.6_{16}) | fourth | +9.219¢ from narrow fourth 21/16
-0.686¢ from smaller fourth 33/25 -18.045¢ from just fourth 4/3 |
3 | 720 | 763.2 | 921.6 (399.A_{16}) | fifth | +18.045¢ from just fifth 3/2
+0.686¢ from bigger fifth 50/33 -9.219¢ from wide fifth 32/21 |
4 | 960 | 1017.6 | 1228.8 (4CC.D_{16}) | sixth, seventh | 26.871¢ from septimal major sixth 12/7
13.076¢ from diminished seventh 216/125 4.969¢ from augmented sixth 125/72 -8.826¢ from septimal seventh 7/4 |
5 | 1200 | 1272 | 1536 (600_{16}) | octave / eighth | exactly 2/1 |
Related scales
- By its cardinality, 5-edo is related to other pentatonic scales, and it is especially close in sound to many Indonesian slendros.
- Due to the interest around the "fifth" interval size, there are many nonoctave "stretch sisters" to 5-edo: square root of 4/3, cube root of 3/2, 8th root of 3, etc.
- For the same reason there are many "circle sisters":
- Make a chain of five "bigger fifths" (50/33), which makes three octaves 3.227¢ flat. (50/33)^5=7.985099.
As a temperament
If 5-edo is regarded as a temperament, which is to say as 5-et, then the most salient fact is that 16/15 is tempered out. This means in 5-et the major third and the fourth, and the minor sixth and the fifth, are not distinguished; this is 5-limit father temperament.
Also tempered out is 27/25, if we temper this out in preference to 16/15 we obtain bug temperament, which equates 10/9 with 6/5: it is a little more perverse even than father. Because these intervals are so large, this sort of analysis is less significant with 5 than it becomes with larger and more accurate divisions, but it still plays a role. For example, I-IV-V-I is the same as I-III-V-I and involves triads with common intervals because of fourth-thirds equivalence.
Despite its lack of accuracy, 5EDO is the second zeta integral edo, after 2EDO. It also is the smallest equal division representing the 9-limit consistently, giving a distinct value modulo five to 2, 3, 5, 7 and 9. Hence in a way similar to how 4edo can be used, and which is discussed in that article, it can be used to represent 7-limit intervals in terms of their position in a pentad, by giving a triple of integers representing a pentad in the lattice of tetrads/pentads together with the number of scale steps in 5EDO. However, while 2edo represents the 3-limit consistently, 3edo the 5-limit, 4edo the 7-limit and 5edo the 9-limit, to represent the 11-limit consistently with a patent val requires going all the way to 22edo.
Cycles, Divisions
5 is a prime number so 5-edo contains no sub-edos. Only simple cycles:
- Cycle of seconds: 0-1-2-3-4-0
- Cycle of fourths: 0-2-4-1-3-0
- Cycle of fifths: 0-3-1-4-2-0
- Cycle of sevenths: 0-4-3-2-1-0
5-edo in Musicmaking
Compositions, Improvisations
- Herman Miller: Daybreak on Slendro Mountain (2000)
- Aaron K. Johnson: 5tet funk (2004)
- Andrew Heathwaite: //Pinta Penta// (2004) play (rendered in 6 alternative pentatonics as well)
- Hans Straub: Asîmchômsaia play
- Brian Wong: Slendronica#1b play
- Brian McLaren: various and sundry
- Paul Rubenstein: various, with electric guitars in 10- and 15-edo
- X.J.Scott: Sleeping Through It All (2004)
- Bill Sethares: 5-tet funk (2004), Pentacle (2004)
- "Cenobyte" Ukulele http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKUCRnEJKKU
- "True Island" (album) by Small Scale Revolution (2011)
- Ralph Jarzombek: Micro12
There is a lot of 5edo world music, search for "gyil" or "amadinda" or "slendro".
Ear Training
5edo ear-training exercises by Alex Ness available here.
Notation
- via Reinhard's cents notation
- naturals on a five-line staff, with enharmonics (used interchangably) E=F and B=C
- a four-line hybrid treble/bass staff.
Harmony
5edo does not have any strong consonance nor dissonance. The 240 cent interval can serve as either a major second or minor third, and the 960 cent interval as either a major sixth or minor seventh. The fourth is about 18 cents flat of a just fourth, making it rather "dirty" but recognizable. The fifth is likewise about 18 cents sharp of a just fifth, dissonant but still easily recognizable.
In contrast to other EDOs, all of the notes can be used at once in order to get a functioning scale. (As in Blackwood in 10-EDO).
Important chords:
- 0+1+3
- 0+2+3
- 0+1+3+4
- 0+2+3+4
Melody
Smallest EDO that can be used for melodies in a "standard" way. The relatively large step of 240 cents can be used as major second for the melody construction. The scale has whole-tone as well as pentatonic character.
Chord or scale?
Either way, it is hard to wander very far from where you start. However, it has the scale-like feature that there are (barely) enough notes to create melody, in the form of an equal version of pentatonic.
Commas Tempered
5-EDO tempers out the following commas. (Note: This assumes the val < 5 8 12 14 17 19 |.)
Comma | Value (cents) | Name | Second Name | Third Name | Monzo |
---|---|---|---|---|---|
256/243 | 90.225 | Limma | Pythagorean Minor 2nd | | 8 -5 > | |
81/80 | 21.506 | Syntonic Comma | Didymos Comma | Meantone Comma | | -4 4 -1 > |
2889416/2882415 | 4.200 | Vulture | | 24 -21 4 > | ||
36/35 | 48.770 | Septimal Quarter Tone | | 2 2 -1 -1 > | ||
49/48 | 35.697 | Slendro Diesis | | -4 -1 0 2 > | ||
64/63 | 27.264 | Septimal Comma | Archytas' Comma | Leipziger Komma | | 6 -2 0 -1 > |
245/243 | 14.191 | Sensamagic | | 0 -5 1 2 > | ||
1728/1715 | 13.074 | Orwellisma | Orwell Comma | | 6 3 -1 -3 > | |
1029/1024 | 8.433 | Gamelisma | | -10 1 0 3 > | ||
19683/19600 | 7.316 | Cataharry | | -4 9 -2 -2 > | ||
5120/5103 | 5.758 | Hemifamity | | 10 -6 1 -1 > | ||
1065875/1063543 | 3.792 | Wadisma | | -26 -1 1 9 > | ||
420175/419904 | 1.117 | Wizma | | -6 -8 2 5 > | ||
99/98 | 17.576 | Mothwellsma | | -1 2 0 -2 1 > | ||
896/891 | 9.688 | Pentacircle | | 7 -4 0 1 -1 > | ||
385/384 | 4.503 | Keenanisma | | -7 -1 1 1 1 > | ||
441/440 | 3.930 | Werckisma | | -3 2 -1 2 -1 > | ||
3025/3024 | 0.572 | Lehmerisma | | -4 -3 2 -1 2 > | ||
91/90 | 19.130 | Superleap | | -1 -2 -1 1 0 1 > | ||
676/675 | 2.563 | Parizeksma | | 2 -3 -2 0 0 2 > | ||
16/15 | 111.731 | Diatonic semitone | | 4 -1 -1 > | ||
14/13 | 128.298 | | 1 0 0 1 0 -1 > | |||
27/25 | 133.238 | Large diatonic semit. | | 0 3 -2 > | ||
11/10 | 165.004 | Large neutral second | | -1 0 -1 0 1 > |