Peter Schat's' Toonklok ("Tone
After listening to a talk by Albert van de Schoot, I decided to
make an interactive version of the Toonklok of Peter Schat.(Java script)
Peter Schat was
a Dutch composer.
He had the idea of arranging the 12 tones in an octave in a dodecagon.
It turns out that there are also exactly 12 ways of making a "triangle"
of 3 notes.
Click on a dodecagon to hear the 3
This web page does not discus the more advanced musical theories behind
the tone clock. But there are other sites that do that:
Peter Schat made 12 very nice
glass windows with this theme. they are now in
the the royal conservatoire in the Hague. Albert van der Schoot had a
set made a set in his self-designed pentagon inspired home.
A page by Peter
Ironically, it starts with this quote:
"I hate composition theories, philosophies of new music, recipes of how
to compose, prescriptions of style. They're mostly unreadable,
unintelligible, boring, and always humorless - whilst their necessity
remains a big question."
by Theo Hoogstins (in Dutch)