
Re: Is it possible that 3+4=8?
Posted:
Jan 23, 2011 11:54 PM


Well, it's certainly possible that 3+4 = 6, as it is in the arithmetic of musical intervals. Intervals are the distances between notes (in terms of the diatonic scale, normally), using inclusive counting. Using doremi for simplicity (and  to indicate the interval between two notes)...
do re mi fa so la ti do
domi is a (major) third and miso is a (minor) third, so doso is a (perfect) fifth. So 3 (+) 3 = 5 where (+) represents interval arithmetic. This is all totally consistent, if slightly surprising.
Brian Chandler

