posted on Dec, 26 2007 @ 05:09 PM
I've studied music most of my life, not just instruments, but also theory as well as recording and sound engineering.
Did you know that many classical bands don't even tune to 440 anymore? But.. wait for it, its not 432 they're tuning to, they're tuning more around
447, since they're looking for that 'brighter' sound. This drift has been happening over time.
main reason A wa sused, to my understanding was that was the base note for the divisions of notes. Now, as any musician known, all notes exept for the
base note are some degree of out of tune with the rest of the scale, since the division itself is imperfect, and no, tuning down to 432 doesn't help.
Ask any guitarist and they will all complain that their g string always sounds slightly out of tune when played open unless they have a compensating
nut on their axe. even when tuned to a perfect g note. It will sound 'off' compared to the rest.
heres teh rub, the tuning itself doesn't matter near as much, and most of what you get effectwise is more psychosomatic than real. your speakers, the
musicians grip on the instrument and even the temperature all affect the pitch being sent out to you.
changing the base number doesn't suddenly make all the calculations work, its just being played flat.
IIRC, 439 was also heavily pushed to be the standard, but they had a hard time reproducing that tone in a lab because it was a prime number (heard in
i agree with one of the previous posters that digital is killing the music. theres something missing from it and usually its the incidental tones and
frequencies that we cant discernably hear. some of those sub and ultra sonics ar elost. but they were also lost on a lot of vinal recordings as well.
Now, if digital is recorded full spectrum and high definition (very high sampling rates) it can be a work of beauty, as long as you have a sound
system that can faithfully reproduce it, which almost no one does.
btw, bending a note *raises* the pitch, not lowers it.
its a godo theory though, and I'll look ito it more this week, since for all I know, I can always learn more.