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The vast majority of Western music is composed using thechromatic scale, a palette of just twelve distinguishable sounds. This might seem painfully limited. A twelve-color palette evokes memories of Crayola and preschool. Twelve words is way less than what the first sentence of this paragraph contains.

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Yet based on that limited palette of sounds we’ve heard everything from epic Chopin piano concertos to theprogressive-metal mastery of Tool.

Think about this next time you’re required to create within limitations, whether it’s resources, time, energy…

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