Absolute frequency / Perfect Pitch ?? (KEVIN AUSTIN )

Subject: Absolute frequency / Perfect Pitch ??
Date:    Sat, 5 May 2001 00:57:56 -0400

Thank you Martin ... and Grove's agrees with you ... however it may be 'just' one of those semantic turns of terms. I can understand "absolute temperature", this not being psycho-metric measurement, and I could go along with "absolute frequency", since it appears (?) that pitch is perceptual, and I'm not so sure about "absolute perception". Also I have considered the implication of saying that Benjamin Britten's "absolute pitch" slipped a semitone when he got older. Two (or more) sets of absolutes is .... Now, 'perfection' is in the eye / ear of the beholder. (I've met people whose "absolute pitch" is a semitone away from A=440, having been taught on an out-of-tune piano as children.) Best Kevin kaustin(at)vax2.concordia.ca >------------------------------ > >Date: Fri, 4 May 2001 11:04:55 +0200 >From: Martin Braun <nombraun(at)POST.NETLINK.SE> >Subject: correct term is "absolute pitch" > >Dear Rebecca, Kevin, Tom, László, and all others -- > >PLEASE - don't say or write "perfect pitch". >The correct term is "absolute pitch". Research has shown that so-called >absolute-pitch possessors have no better accuracy in pitch discrimination >than other people. > >You can find plenty of material on absolute pitch on Dan Levitin's web site: > >http://www-ccrma.stanford.edu/~levitin >All the best, > >Martin

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