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Chromium is a rank-2 temperament which has a period of 1/24th of the octave and a generator of 10/7 or 7/5. It is named after the 24th chemical element.

For technical data see Landscape microtemperaments #Chromium.


In the 17-limit, chromium has a comma basis {936/935, 1701/1700, 1716/1715, 2025/2023, 11016/11011}. The period of chromium is mapped to 250/243, and in this paradigm it is referred to as chromium quartertone. In the 17-limit, the period is also represented by 35/34, which means that 1701/1700 is tempered out and also means that chromium temperament contains palingenetic chords.

Chromium has mos scales of size 48, 72, and 120.

250/243 as the porcupine comma

From a regular temperament theory perspective in the 5-limit, chromium is defined entirely by the [-23 120 -72 comma that closes a stack of 24 porcupine commas with the octave.

Chromium reaches 10/9 in just one generator step. As such, it reaches 100/81 in two, while simultaneously reaching 6/5 in two. Because every note is replicated 24 times around the octave, and 250/243 maps to the period, 6/5 occurs exactly one step of 24edo above two 10/9's.

120-tone mos

The 120-tone mos of chromium is notable because it has 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 11th harmonics within reach of 5 generator steps or less. In addition in higher limits, it also has 17/13 within the reach of two generator steps.

The brightest mode has the pattern (LLsLs)×24, and in addition it is a very hard tuning, which means it sounds nothing like 120edo.

A tuning where it is worth exploring chromium if one seeks large divisibility is 480edo, which is a largely composite edo. In this instance, the L step of 120-tone scale becomes equal to one step of 80edo, and s step maps to one step of the 480edo itself. This is realized via the 480fgg val in the 17-limit.