Source: 15 questions.
You could say that Equal Temperament was the alternative when I grew up in Turkey, and that’s perhaps why I was drawn to Western classical and pop music at first.
Early on in my education in the U.S. I was blown away by La Monte Young’s Well Tuned Piano, as something unique in the context of Western concert music. At the same time, I was listening to the Turkish Sufi musician Kudsi Erguner, or records of folk songs from southeast Turkey. But these worlds existed separately for me until much later when I began to think about tones in terms of frequency ratios and the principles of the harmonic series.