Study on the Music Temperament of Thai Traditional Musical Instruments
Abstract: The music temperament of Thai traditional musical instruments is an individual phenomenon of music temperament in research on Oriental musical culture, since Alexander John Ellis conclusion of “seven equal temperament”, both the Eastern and Western scholars had either followed it or introducing paraphrased. According to the author of this paper fieldwork interviews, measurement of pitch of the musical instrument with its analysis, it was believed that the Thai traditional music temperament have been non-equal temperament, the average interval value by Western scholars being the result of calculation that not accord with objective acoustics. The Thai traditional temperament respectively around frequency ratio of 10/9 (182 cent) and 11/10 (165 cent), these two natural harmonics intervals presentation of fluctuations up and down. The Thai traditional music temperament and Thai nationality psychoacoustics have a kind of tolerance.
Key Words: Thaitraditional musical instruments, non-equal temperament, value of naturalharmonic, tolerance level, tolerance