Relation or proportion of one measure to another which can be linear, geometric or volumetric. It can be one sound to another or one volume to another or just about any one class of things, forces or vibrations. Can also be expressed in parts. [See Proportion, Reciprocating Proportionality]

A relationship, or interval, expressing the vibrations per second, or cycles, of the two tones concerned, generally in the lowest possible (integer) terms; simultaneously a representative of a tone and an implicit relationship to a "keynote" - or unity.

Euclid's definition: a mutual relation of two magnitudes of the same kind to one another in respect of quantity. [from Partch 1974, Genesis of a Music, 2nd ed., Da Capo Press, New York, p. 73]

The **ratio** expressed as 1:2 says the first quantity is half the second quantity which is twice the first quantity. Music intervals are generally expressed as **ratios**.

Simple **ratio**

1:2 (1 is to 2)

**Ratio** of two **ratios**

1:2::2:4 (1 is to 2 as 2 is to 4)

See Also

**Figure 6.17 - Areas and Volumes - Relations and Proportions**
**Figure 6.19 - Sphere to Cube - Relations and Proportions**
**Figure 14.10 - Proportionate Tonal Relations dictate Contraction or Expansion**
**Fundamental**
**Interval**
**Keynote**
**Laws of Music**
**Laws of Ratios**
**Reciprocating Proportionality**
**Table 2 - Controlling Modes and Proportions**
**Table of Plate Harmonics and Intervals**
**Universal Ratios**
**6.8 - Proportionate and Relative Geometries**
**9.12 - Velocity of Sound and its Propagation Rate are Proportional**
**12.00 - Reciprocating Proportionality**
**3.13 - Reciprocals and Proportions of Motions and Substance**
**13.15 - Principle of Proportion**