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It is noteworthy that the falsetto was found to produce weaker high
overtones than the modal register produced. Namely, the falsetto is high in
pitch but low in brightness.
Change of brighness in singing is always noticable, especailly when a
soprano switches from the modal registerto the falsetto.
Like color, brightness may be relative (dependent of context) - either in
auditory or visaul processing. Music in some historical recordings has poor
high-frequency components, but it does not sound very dull. I wonder the
possible feedback mechanism for brightness-following via the decending
auditory pathway. Relative brighness would be important for percieving
speech in telephone or distant animal calls ... etc.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Martin Braun" <nombraun@POST.NETLINK.SE>
Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2002 3:32 AM
Subject: Re: brightness
> The most direct cause of our "high" and "low" in music may lie in the
> If we raise it, we feel more vibrations (of tissues) in the head. If we
> lower it, we fell more vibrations (of tissues) in the throat and in the
> chest. Head and chest present a clear high-low axis.
> The high-low axis is paralleled by the bright-dark axis of sky and ground.
> Martin Braun