Pitch-shifting the Renaissance

How one man used auto-tune to create music that hasn't been heard in almost 500 years.
A diagram of Nicola Vicentino's Archicembalo, a harpsichord he built specifically for his 31-tone system. (Lunlunta99/Wikimedia)

Jonathan Wild is a McGill prof who used auto-tune software to create music that hasn't been heard in almost 500 years. Taking inspiration from Renaissance composer Nicola Vicentino's pitch system -- who divided the octave into 31-tones as opposed to the standard 12-tone system we use today -- Jonathan's project explores the many other ways that music can be heard and experimented with, and also how Vicentino imaged music to be.

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