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I want to know how many times I would have to stack perfect 5th intervals before I ended up with a note that is an octave of the root note. I would assume it would look something like this:

(3/2)^x = 2^y

That should say perfect fifth interval being stacked x amount of times equals an octave y amount of octaves above the root, does it not? If it doesnt, can you help me out?

This questions stems out of my curiosity of equal temperament tuning. The formula for that is (12root2)^12 = 2. Which says if you add 12 12 root 2/s of an octave you get an octave.
C > G > D > A > E > B > F# > C# > G# > D# > A# > E# (F) > B# (C)

12 times
That wasnt what I was asking.

I think it looks something like this:

(3/2)^x = 2^y
log base 2 ((3/2)^x) = y
(3/2)^x = 2^[(3/2)^x]

Idk how to solve for x at this point. But I assume that there is an answer.
If we round a fifth off to 701.55, it would take 140391 octaves. But since that's rounded the real number would be far higher. I don't see what practical application this can serve anyone though.
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The perfect root is a square note of 5 so 7 by the power of 12 times the number of chords rounded to the number of octaves is equal to the variant of the equator photosynthesis.
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If we round a fifth off to 701.55, it would take 140391 octaves. But since that's rounded the real number would be far higher. I don't see what practical application this can serve anyone though.

Do I ever have practical applications? Sometimes I just need to know things... How did you reach that answer and where did you get 701.55from?
701.55 is the resonant frequency of a perfect fifth, duh.
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701.955 is the approximate value of a perfect fifth in cents. How do you not know that if you are asking this question? The rest is basic arithmetic that anyone else could figure out if they weren't too busy smoking their algebra textbook.
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I'm starting to think my question is flawed... I'm just really confused right now. Why 12 notes? Why not any other number? If 12 root 2 to the 12th power is 2, we could have used any other number. There are an infinite amount of notes, using 12 bothers me.

in reality, it should be infinity root 2 to the infinity power = 2, which makes sense. Infinite amount of subdivisions, but what if I only want the first? Then use that as the new starting spot and do it again and again. I am aware of the pythagorean comma, which is when you do it 12 times you get almost 7 octaves above, but its slightly off.
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Why don't you write your own music theory then if it bothers you so much

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You dont understand why it bothers me. The sound of just intonation is amazing and I feel like I am dirty when I listen to music that is equal tempered. I feel like the notes we use arent real, theyre just subjective approximations of real notes. I want to play only real notes. I want an instrument that lets me hit the few few harmonics of a note, n, then the first few harmonics of those first few harmonics, and the first few harmonics of those first few harmonics. Is that too much to ask?

If you were just able to map out the first few harmonics of the first few harmonics and write down the hertz, you could make a guitar fretboard that has those real notes marked off with frets and you could play 1-3-5 chords and they would all be in tune.
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nah, I applaud your quest, especially as a piano tuner
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Also, twelfth root of 2, or (2)^(1/12). 12 root 2 is almost 17.
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You know what... I think my question is initially flawed. What I really want to know is this:

If you play taps on a trumpet, you are hitting open harmonics. the 5 to the 1, 5 1 major 3. Those arent equal tempered intervals, those are real just intervals. So, if you go to the 5 and play taps again using the 5 as the 1, then again and again, how many times would you have to do this before it synched back up and was a perfect octave of the original root note? Or would it never synch back up and would it go on tapping forever?
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You know what... I think my question is initially flawed. What I really want to know is this:

If you play taps on a trumpet, you are hitting open harmonics. the 5 to the 1, 5 1 major 3. Those arent equal tempered intervals, those are real just intervals. So, if you go to the 5 and play taps again using the 5 as the 1, then again and again, how many times would you have to do this before it synched back up and was a perfect octave of the original root note? Or would it never synch back up and would it go on tapping forever?

My money's on forever

However what do you mean they aren't equal tempered intervals?
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However what do you mean they aren't equal tempered intervals?

Well. on the piano or guitar, a 5th is off by a few cents. On the trumpet, that open 5th harmonic is a pure harmonic, being exactly 3/2;;s in ratio. You cant tune a piano with all pure harmonics because it becomes offset, which is why we use 12 notes blah blahblah blah blah, the point is, I watched this video
at 2:50 he says (a/b)^n cant equal 2
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are you going to be using the results of this to make dub music or step music?
Not really. I just like learning about this stuff. The dub music I've been making has been focused on the golden ratio and complex beats and time signatures. Like taking a measure of 21/32 and dividing it into the fibonacci sequence:
21
8 - 13
3 - 5 - 5 -8
1 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 5

Then using that as a stencil for a beat or rhythm idea. Then after I write a chord progression that loosely follows that, I will do something like keep the chords playing but change the drums to 3 sets of 7 or 7 sets of 3 and superimpose that.

Sometimes when I divide the partitions I will go back n fourth. 8 = 3 + 5, or 5 + 3, and you can do it both ways at the same time.

With this whole just intonation thing, I am just looking for harmony ideas. I know bach was aware of how well in tune his notes were and tried to make melodies consist of the basic building blocks to keep it pure. AKA a well tempered clavier.

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with the fibonacci subdivision thing, you kind of have to stop once you hit a 1, because you cant divide any further, but what i might do is poke out all the 1's and just keep going like this:
1 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 5
|0| 1 - 1 | 1 - 1 | 1 - 2 | 1 - 1 | 1 - 2 | 1 - 2 | 2 - 3 |

that way it gives those little metal core stops. It works better when you use 34, because 34 naturally subdivides into more 1's that poke out nicely. Every other fibonacci number works like that.
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Well. on the piano or guitar, a 5th is off by a few cents. On the trumpet, that open 5th harmonic is a pure harmonic, being exactly 3/2;;s in ratio. You cant tune a piano with all pure harmonics because it becomes offset, which is why we use 12 notes blah blahblah blah blah, the point is, I watched this video
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at 2:50 he says (a/b)^n cant equal 2
They are all "off" compared to natural harmonics, but they are equally tempered - adjusted so that the exponential ratio is pretty much the same. (there are a few offsets on piano tuning for other considerations, I believe, but overall, the modern system conforms roughly to 12ET.)

I've told you twice, and I'll tell you a third time because you've ignored it, he's right, and asking for perfect music sounds like a good pipe dream.

Octaves and perfect fifths proof:

(3/2)^n = 2^m
3^n=2^k (k=m+n, but k can be anything, just like m and n)

3 is odd. Odd numbers, when multiplied by other odd numbers, make odd numbers.
2 is even. Even numbers, when multiplied by other numbers, make even numbers.

Suppose the two sides are equal for some non-zero counting numbers n and k.

Let 3^n = 2a-1 for some counting number a. 2a-1 is odd by definition.
Let 2^k = 2b for some counting number b. 2b is even by definition.

2a-1 = 2b
2a = 2b + 1
a = b + 1/2

The distance between any counting number is another counting number. But this says that a and b are 1/2 apart, which is a contradiction.

--> the two sides cannot be equal for any counting numbers n and k. QED.
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They are all "off" compared to natural harmonics, but they are equally tempered - adjusted so that the exponential ratio is pretty much the same. (there are a few offsets on piano tuning for other considerations, I believe, but overall, the modern system conforms roughly to 12ET.)

I've told you twice, and I'll tell you a third time because you've ignored it, he's right, and asking for perfect music sounds like a good pipe dream.

Octaves and perfect fifths proof:

(3/2)^n = 2^m
3^n=2^k (k=m+n, but k can be anything, just like m and n)

3 is odd. Odd numbers, when multiplied by other odd numbers, make odd numbers.
2 is even. Even numbers, when multiplied by other numbers, make even numbers.

Suppose the two sides are equal for some non-zero counting numbers n and k.

Let 3^n = 2a-1 for some counting number a. 2a-1 is odd by definition.
Let 2^k = 2b for some counting number b. 2b is even by definition.

2a-1 = 2b
2a = 2b + 1
a = b + 1/2

The distance between any counting number is another counting number. But this says that a and b are 1/2 apart, which is a contradiction.

--> the two sides cannot be equal for any counting numbers n and k. QED.

that kinda sounds like my proof the magic square is impossible. thanks