Re: brightness (gia )

Subject: Re: brightness
From:    gia  <gia(at)SNAFU.DE>
Date:    Sun, 12 May 2002 10:55:53 +0800

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. Chen-Gia Tsai gia(at) Taiwan ----- Original Message ----- From: "Martin Braun" <nombraun(at)POST.NETLINK.SE> To: <AUDITORY(at)LISTS.MCGILL.CA> 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 voice. > 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 > >

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