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A term used by Paul Erlich to specify a periodicity-block whose boundaries define a parallelepiped (or N-dimensional equivalent) shape. (See Erlich, A Gentle Introduction to Fokker Periodicity Blocks: part 1 and continue to follow the links to part 2, an excursion, and part3.)
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From: "Gene Ward Smith"
Date: Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:11 pm
Subject: Re: JI 12-tone 7-limit epimorphic scales?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Kurt Bigler
> So does the Fokker block approach generate epimorphic scales of the
> non-monotonic variety? Or is it monotonic only (I hope)?
It can easily enough be non-monotonic; in fact the Dona Nobis Pacem scale I used recently here is exactly that. Not only that, it's a good example of where some 5-limit chords will mostly likely be assimilated to a 7-limit interpretation, the sort of thing Carl [Lumma] was talking about.
> I looked up Fokker block and saw that it is a parallelepiped structure,
> which then somehow reinforced my original (incorrect) intuition. Hmm.
Of course, paralleopideds are not the only thing which works; various other sorts of convex bodies will also [see Erlich, A Gentle Introduction to Fokker Periodicity Blocks: An Excursion]. Simply detempering a MOS with respect to a distance measure such as the Hahn norm works also as a means of concocting epimorphic scales.
Erlich, Paul and Monzo, Joe. 1999. The Indian Sruti System as a Periodicity-Block
Erlich, Paul. 1999. Partch's 43-tone Scale as a Periodicity-Block
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