Re: Why the music is music and the noise is noise? (Tom Brennan )

Subject: Re: Why the music is music and the noise is noise?
From:    Tom Brennan  <g_brennantg(at)TITAN.SFASU.EDU>
Date:    Tue, 24 Apr 2001 00:18:01 -0500

Being an audiologist has given me some theoretical grasp of this but being a piano tuner has given me more of a practical grasp. When a piano is tuned and is just a bit out of equal temper either because the tuner specifically tuned it that way or because he was not very good at tuning, the person playing it afterword as well as the listeners are likely to report that it "feels" wrong and it "doesn't sound like its supposed to". Indeed, a poorly tempered piano does produce physical feelings if the temprament is far enough out and those feelings are not pleasant. On another note, several years ago someone did a set of cd recordings called Symphony Of The Planets in which they took recordings made from one of the spacecraft which flew near jupiter and altered those recordings to an audible frequency and slightly modified the sounds produced. While I would not call the result music as I usually think of it, there is something soothing about it. Of course, tinnitus sufferers commonly use white noise to mask that symptom and often refer to this as "music to their ears". Tom Tom Brennan, CCC-A/SLP, RHD web page web master web master

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