jancivil wrote:Well, 'it will be pleasing to you' is based in experience with what people do that are charged with making things sound as good, or pleasing as they can. Your last statement can be taken to imply that someone proceeded from a theory as top-down and that would be skewed. There is a correspondence between 'we do this' and the simpler rational intervals. There is a point to it.
Such as Hansford Rowe's talk about the Warwick bass involves the overtone series. Materials vibrate according to physics, and the things that result on this acoustically happening planet are known. So there's something to following sound by its own devices. OTOH there is conditioning, JJF said there were blind tests where people came out liking ET better. There are tests I'm sure that say people prefer lossy, degraded audio. There is a point where you're trying to vacate the objective by this move 'it's all subjective'.
They can have as many experiences about what is pleasing to others as they like but whether it is pleasing to me is an empirical question to be tested. Simple as that. As such any claim about whether I peronally will like it is hypothetical, even if based on others statements of preference.
Of blind tests with musical material I am sceptical because they are mostly made testing elements of music but not entirely pieces of music. E.g. An interval might sound dissonant in isloation but not in a musical context. An isolated sound might sound degraded but you may not notice in a piece if music of your preference. And even if 1000 people in a test would prefer on entire piece of music over and above another it wouldn't mean that I would too. Thus as I see there is really no way people can convince me whether I would like an alternative tuning system or another until I get my hands on it and experiment with it. Equally there is no way they can convince me about the preferences of others in advance. They can report their experiences so far and that is all cool.
However it seems like I was commenting the first description "this mode will please your ears" and not your latter link.
This can all be summed up in a KVR cliche: Different does not mean better!