On the tenor sax

On the tenor sax there are exactly 32 steps — if you go by semitones — between the lowest playable note, the A♭2, to the highest, the E5. If you count the notes between these two extremes (which I have), you will find that there are exactly 32 steps in the chromatic progression from the former to the latter.

As a computer scientist trained in the arcane arts of computer graphics, I am fascinated by this fact. 32 is a perfect power of 2. In fact, it is two raised to the fifth power.

I feel a deep yearning to create a virtual reality musical piece which expands upon this mathematical tidbit. I do not know whether this desire stems from my love of computer graphics, or my love for my idealized view of the tenor sax.

It might very well be both.

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