# 88cET

# 88cET

## Theory

88 cent equal temperament uses 88 cents, or 11\150 of an octave, to generate a nonoctave rank one scale. Since 88 cents is an excellent generator for octacot temperament, it can be viewed as the generator chain of octacot, stripped of octaves. However viewed, octacot and 88 cents equal temperament are very closely related, and the chords of 88 cents temperament are listed on the page chords of octacot. From this it may be seen that octacot, and hence 88 cents temperament, share an abundance of essentially tempered chords.

Eight steps of 88 cents gives 704 cents, two cents sharp of 3/2, and eighteen gives 1584 cents, two cents flat of 5/2. Taken together this tells us that (5/2)^4/(3/2)^9 = 20000/19683, the minimal diesis or tetracot comma, must be being tempered out. Eleven steps of 88 cents gives 968 cents, less than a cent flat of 7/4, and this tells us that (7/4)^8/(3/2)^11 = 5764801/5668704 must be tempered out also. Taking this, multiplying it by the tetracot comma and taking the fourth root yields 245/243, which therefore must be tempered out also. The tetracot comma and 245/243 taken together define 7-limit octacot.

Continuing on, twenty steps of 88 cents gives 1760 cents, which we may compare to the 1751.3 cents of 11/4 and suggests 100/99 being tempered out, and four steps gives 352 cents, which may be compared to the 359.5 cents of 16/13, and suggests 325/324 being tempered out. These would give an extended octacot, for which 88 cents would be an excellent generator tuning.

## The 88cET family

Gary Morrison originally conceived of 88cET as composed of steps of exactly 88¢. Nonetheless, composers have recognized a kinship between strict 88cET and some other scales -- in particular, the 41st root of 8 (equivalent to taking three steps of 41edo as a generator with no octaves), the 8th root of 3/2, and the 11th root of 7/4, the latter being a preferred variant of composer and software designer X. J. Scott. These three cousins of strict 88cET have single steps of approximately 87.805¢, 87.744¢, and 88.075¢, respectively. These small differences add up, as can be seen by examining the interval list below.

## Intervals

Degree | 11th root
of 7/4 |
88cET | 41st root of 8
(41ed8) |
8th root
of 3/2 |
Solfege | Some Nearby |
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syllable | JI Intervals | |||||

first octave |
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0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | do | 1/1=0 |

1 | 88.075 | 88 | 87.805 | 87.744 | rih | 22/21=80.537, 21/20=84.467, 20/19=88.801, 19/18=93.603 |

2 | 176.15 | 176 | 175.610 | 175.489 | reh | 11/10=165.004, 21/19=173.268, 10/9=182.404 |

3 | 264.225 | 264 | 263.415 | 263.233 | ma | 7/6=266.871 |

4 | 352.3 | 352 | 351.220 | 350.978 | mu | 11/9= 347.408, 27/22=354.547, 16/13=359.472 |

5 | 440.375 | 440 | 439.024 | 438.722 | mo | 32/25=427.373, 9/7=435.084, 22/17 446.363 |

6 | 528.45 | 528 | 526.829 | 526.466 | fih | 19/14=528.687, 49/36=533.742, 15/11=536.95 |

7 | 616.526 | 616 | 614.634 | 614.211 | se | 10/7=617.488 |

8 | 704.601 | 704 | 702.439 | 701.955 | sol | 3/2=701.955 |

9 | 792.676 | 792 | 790.244 | 789.699 | leh | 11/7=782.492, 30/19=790.756, 128/81=792.180, 19/12=795.558, 27/17=800.910, 8/5=813.686 |

10 | 880.751 | 880 | 878.049 | 878.444 | la | 5/3=884.359 |

11 | 968.826 | 968 | 965.854 | 965.188 | ta | 7/4=968.826 |

12 | 1056.901 | 1056 | 1053.659 | 1052.933 | tu | 11/6=1049.363, 35/19=1057.627, 24/13=1061.427 |

13 | 1144.976 | 1144 | 1141.463 | 1140.677 | to | 27/14=1137.039, 31/16=1145.036 |

second octave |
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14 | 33.051 | 32 | 29.268 | 28.421 | di | 65/64=26.841, 64/63=27.264, 63/62=27.700, 58/57=30.109 |

15 | 121.126 | 120 | 117.073 | 116.166 | ra | 16/15=111.731, 15/14=119.443, 14/13=128.298 |

16 | 209.201 | 208 | 204.878 | 203.910 | re | 9/8=203.910 |

17 | 297.276 | 296 | 292.683 | 291.654 | meh | 13/11=289.210, 32/27=294.135, 19/16=297.513 |

18 | 385.351 | 384 | 380.488 | 379.399 | mi | 5/4=386.314 |

19 | 473.427 | 472 | 468.293 | 467.143 | fe | 17/13=464.428, 21/16=470.781 |

20 | 561.502 | 560 | 556.098 | 554.888 | fu | 11/8=551.318, 18/13=563.382 |

21 | 649.577 | 648 | 643.902 | 642.632 | su | 16/11=648.682 |

22 | 737.652 | 736 | 731.707 | 730.376 | si | 32/21=729.219, 26/17=735.572, 49/32=737.652 |

23 | 825.727 | 824 | 819.512 | 818.121 | le | 8/5=813.686, 45/28=821.398, 21/13=830.253 |

24 | 913.802 | 912 | 907.317 | 905.865 | laa | 42/25=898.153, 32/19=902.487, 27/16=905.865, 22/13=910.790, 17/10=918.642 |

25 | 1001.877 | 1000 | 995.122 | 993.609 | teh | 39/22=991.165, 16/9=996.090, 25/14=1003.802, 34/19=1007.442 |

26 | 1089.952 | 1088 | 1082.927 | 1081.354 | ti | 28/15=1080.557, 15/8=1088.269 |

27 | 1178.027 | 1176 | 1170.732 | 1169.098 | da | 63/32=1172.736, 160/81=1178.494 |

third octave |
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28 | 66.102 | 64 | 58.537 | 56.843 | ro | 33/3253.273, 28/27=62.961, 80/77=66.170, 27/26=65.337 |

29 | 154.177 | 152 | 146.341 | 144.587 | ru | 49/45=147.428, 12/11=150.637, 35/32=155.140 |

30 | 242.252 | 240 | 234.146 | 232.331 | ri | 8/7=231.174, 23/20=241.961, 15/13=247.741 |

31 | 330.328 | 328 | 321.951 | 320.076 | me | 6/5=315.641, 23/19=330.761 |

32 | 418.403 | 416 | 409.756 | 407.820 | maa | 81/64=407.820, 33/26=412.745, 14/11=417.508 |

33 | 506.478 | 504 | 497.561 | 495.564 | fa | 85/64=491.269, 4/3=498.045, 75/56=505.757 |

34 | 594.553 | 592 | 585.366 | 583.309 | fi | 7/5=582.512, 45/32=590.224, 38/27=591.648 |

35 | 682.628 | 680 | 673.171 | 671.053 | sih | 28/19=671.313, 40/27=680.449 |

36 | 770.703 | 768 | 760.976 | 758.798 | lo | 17/11=753.637, 99/64=755.228, 14/9=764.916, 39/25=769.855, 25/16=772.627 |

37 | 858.778 | 856 | 848.780 | 846.542 | lu | 13/8=840.528, 18/11=852.592 |

38 | 946.853 | 944 | 936.585 | 934.286 | li | 12/7=933.129, 19/11=946.195 |

39 | 1034.928 | 1032 | 1024.390 | 1022.031 | te | 9/5=1017.596, 49/27=1031.787, 20/11=1034.996 |

40 | 1123.003 | 1120 | 1112.195 | 1109.775 | taa | 36/19=1106.397, 243/128=1109.775, 19/10=1111.199, 21/11=1119.463 |

(near match)
fourth octave |
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41 | 11.078 | 8 | 0 | 1197.59 | do | 1/1=0, 2/1=1200 |

## Scales

## Compositions

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