Acoustic pi
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Expression | [math]\pi[/math] |
Size in cents | 1981.7954¢ |
Name | acoustic pi |
Harmonic entropy (Shannon, [math]\sqrt{nd}[/math]) |
~4.23555 bits |
The acoustic pi, the transcendental number equal to the ratio of a circle's circumference to the diameter, is about 3.14159, a rather minor thirteenth of 1981.795 cents. It is unclear what psychoacoustic significance this interval might have.
Intervals that are close to it are 3/1, 22/7, and 355/113.
Equal divisions
Using 3.14159…/1 as an interval of equivalence (known as the "pitave") results in some interesting nonoctave tunings.
N | Description |
---|---|
2edπ | A stack of two minor sevenths, represents a problem of squaring the circle |
3edπ | A stack of three compressed fifths, vaguely equivalent to 2edo |
4edπ | Close to equal multiplication of 4/3 |
5edπ | Close to equal multiplication of 5/4, 3edo |
6edπ | Close to equal multiplication of 6/5, 4edo |
20edπ | Close to 12edo. |
30edπ | Close to 18edo, but sets fractional temperaments to 4:5:6 triad. |
38edπ | Very close to 23edo |
71edπ | Very close to 43edo |
109edπ | Extremely close to 66edo |
Temperaments of interest
Engineer's temperament, tempering out π/3, the engineer's comma.
20edπ can be used to set 3:4:5 triad with a fractional-octave temperament just as 12edo does with the 4:5:6 triad.