The Basic Section presents some of Wilson's most fundamental observations.

The Basic section looks at some musical resources of the harmonic and subharmonic series as well as combinations of two or more harmonic or subharmonic segments. These contain some important historical scales of both pentatonic and tetrachordal varieties.
Besides being simple tunings, many of these work well as simple instruments that can be expanded depending on one's inclination.

Wilson's Paper on Moments of Symmetry is one of his most well known contributions to scale making. It focuses upon the importance of melodic integrity to scale making and thus suspends the question of harmony seeing it as a separate yet important influence.

There is a 'plethora of material' here as Wilson might say in just this section that l could not be quickly exhausted . While one could spend decades with the scales and ideas here they also provides basic materials to orient one to further possibilities.

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