[extropy-chat] hear everything: CNN features amazing user with autism
Thomas at thomasoliver.net
Tue Feb 27 06:25:27 UTC 2007
>>Subject: [extropy-chat] Fwd: CNN features amazing user with autism
>>spike66 at comcast.net :
>>>Jef I noticed that most of her song consists of actual pitches that can
>>>found on a piano keyboard. The fact that perhaps 10% were not close to a
>>>standard pitch makes it even more interesting.
>>Wow! I didn't know you have perfect pitch, Spike.
>>I think it is possible she was singing in a maqam mode ... ? Amara
>My western ear is not accustomed to hearing the quarter tones, so you may be
>right on that. If she really is doing a tempered non-chromatic scale, I am
>even more impressed and mystified.
I took the liberty of notating Amanda's video "score."
I used half flats (a western method of notating quarter tones) at bars
19, 20, 35 and 37. I believe the last four notes were simply sung a
little sharp so I notated them as if they were true to the key. I don't
have the experience with maqamat to say if there is a maqam here, The
whole piece reminds me of a time long ago when I worked under a fan
droning out a two pitches a perfect fifth apart. I amused myself by
singing all sorts of modes against it and glissing slowly through
quarter (or thridd) tones and feeling the beat wave speed up and slow
down as the harmony slid from dissonance to consonance. -- Thomas
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