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Bill1
11-19-2010, 11:11 AM
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Ingrate
11-19-2010, 01:29 PM
Nice info. That Dr. Powell is a bright guy, to be sure. Very interesting that 440 was an arbitrary, committee choice for standard.

Thanks for the link.

Dane
11-19-2010, 01:43 PM
I love science friday, thanks for the link!

clayton56
11-19-2010, 10:10 PM
[QUOTE=Ingrate;528389]Nice info. That Dr. Powell is a bright guy, to be sure. Very interesting that 440 was an arbitrary, committee choice for standard.
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In Europe they use 442, some German clarinets are pitched up there.

ichadwick
11-20-2010, 02:54 AM
Thanks for the link. I am fascinated by the physics of music. Would love to save it and listen to it in my car.... (ah! a download link just under the player!)

There are two good books that include some of this info, as well as some physiological detail as well - Music and the Brain and This is Your Brain on Music. Also the book, Temperament, talks about tuning methods and gives some historical information about how we arrived at our current method for determining scales. Well worth reading them all, if you're interested in following up.

pulelehua
11-20-2010, 09:20 AM
I'm actually supervising one of my Year 13 students (equiv. of US high school senior - sort of), who's doing an extended project on the physics of guitar strings. He was going to do a guitar-general thing, but Helmholz alone could take up a PhD, so he's going for a narrow focus. Good fun so far. But he's got this massive monochord contraption, and is feeling increasingly sure that he will put an eye out before it's all over.

Harold O.
11-20-2010, 04:44 PM
Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land goes into music string theory as well.

Harold O.
11-21-2010, 05:41 AM
Here's the Mathemagic Land link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYia02Dk8Nc

Jump ahead to the 3 minute mark.

pulelehua
11-21-2010, 09:00 AM
Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land goes into music string theory as well.

That duck knows everything...


Thanks, BTW! (Of course, the Pythagoreans play cool jazz)