Hexaphonics

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  • Hexaphonics

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  • Hexaphonics is a system for teaching, learning and playing music based upon a simple geometric representation of the relationships between musical pitches. When these numerical relationships are represented graphically in a manner that reflects their true musical structure the fundamental nature of music can easily be perceived and learned. The problem with most existing systems for representing music visually is that the spatial models tend to obscure the true relationships. Hexaphonics clarifies the structure of harmony in such a way that the structures that are seen correspond directly to the structures that are heard. This structure is derived from psycho-acoustic research conducted by Gerald Balzano, Roger Shephard and others. This solid theoretical background supports the thesis that the structures of music may be simpler than they have been traditionally represented.