On using the Stroboconn

  • A. M. Jones London School of Oriental and African Studies
Keywords: Musical pitch -- Measurement, Musical instruments -- Africa -- Tuning


Though most research workers are nowadays familiar with the Stroboconn, it is time that an assessment should be made of the best way of using it in the field of African music. For the benefit of the uninitiated, we start with a brief description. The Stroboconn is an apparatus for measuring the pitch of notes, either sung or played: this it does to an accuracy of one hundredth of a semitone (= 1 cent). It consists of twelve stroboscopes, one for each semitone of an octave tuned in equal temperament, that is, our western chromatic scale, with a basic pitch of A = 440 v.p.s.
How to Cite
Jones, A. M. “On Using the Stroboconn”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 4, no. 4, Aug. 1970, pp. 122-4, doi:https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v4i4.1687.