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by SteveA
Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:17 am
Forum: Your thoughts about music
Topic: Why DON'T people develop perfect pitch?
Replies: 26
Views: 9577

The way I would test for AP is like this. I'd create a MIDI file of a reasonably long piece of music, say in A major. The music would be 2 minutes in length, and would stay in A major throughout. Then I'd modify the MIDI file to create two new MIDI files. 1. The original MIDI file altered so that th...
by SteveA
Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:06 am
Forum: Your thoughts about music
Topic: PP vs. RP
Replies: 22
Views: 4777

I think people without AP still hear pitches, still hear chroma. So, everything still has a pitch, from people laughing outside to the sound of a saucepan being put down on the oven top. I can hear the sound of the saucepan, and go to my piano, and play a few notes and find the one that matches. If ...
by SteveA
Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:59 am
Forum: Your thoughts about music
Topic: Do we really have 'perfect pitch' for color?
Replies: 5
Views: 2880

I tried the colour test, and scored a zero. I was surprised, because the difference between the colours is so subtle. When I was doing the test, I didn't worry about it so much, but kind of tried to relax my eyes and scan across the bars of colour for a square that looked out of place. If I found an...
by SteveA
Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:26 am
Forum: Your thoughts about music
Topic: Why DON'T people develop perfect pitch?
Replies: 26
Views: 9577

I listened to wav file 4, and it sounds to me like the same note except that the third note is an octave lower. The seventh note does not sound an octave higher to me; it sounds like a brass player playing the other notes with a mute closed, then opening the mute for the 7th note.
by SteveA
Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: Your thoughts about music
Topic: Create our own Ear Training Game?
Replies: 8
Views: 1753

The language Python is a good computer language to start learning how to program. There are lots of books and guides, and the language itself is available as a free download. If you have an Apple computer, it is on that computer already. There's a tutorial here. http://docs.python.org/tutorial/ If y...
by SteveA
Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:39 am
Forum: Your thoughts about music
Topic: Create our own Ear Training Game?
Replies: 8
Views: 1753

Sam, the thing is, writing even a simple computer game is a very complicated thing that builds on a lot of different basic skills. It's a bit like someone saying "I have no musical training, and I can't play any instruments or sing, but I want to write a piano concerto. Just a simple one will d...
by SteveA
Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:08 am
Forum: Chordhopper
Topic: Which chords are covered in this game?
Replies: 13
Views: 3446

There are lots of ways of describing a particular chord. All the chords that share the same notes have the same colour tiles in Chordhopper. One way to name the first nine chords is like this: C major root position F major second inversion G major first inversion F major first inversion G major seco...
by SteveA
Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: Your observations
Topic: Easier to hear chroma in my left ear
Replies: 0
Views: 1787

Easier to hear chroma in my left ear

I just completed the superfly level on Chordhopper so that now I get a lipstick chord (g c e) at the end of the level. I'm finding it easier to hear the individual tones of the chord ringing out when I listen with headphones just with my left ear. How apparent the tones are depends how alert I'm fee...
by SteveA
Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: Your thoughts about music
Topic: Dyslexia and "inner voice"
Replies: 0
Views: 1766

Dyslexia and "inner voice"

I saw this news report about a British man, who is himself dyslexic, who has a novel theory about how dyslexia works. http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/stoke/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8411000/8411493.stm http://dyslexiavisualldeafauditoryblind.com He was inspired to think about this noticing that his wi...
by SteveA
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:12 am
Forum: Your observations
Topic: Playing piano blindfolded
Replies: 0
Views: 2164

Playing piano blindfolded

I'm playing piano in an impro theatre show later tonight. Most of the music is improvised, inspired by what the actors are doing and the mood of the scene. There will be some improvised songs with unplanned words and music. There is also one set piece that I haven't played before, so I've just been ...
by SteveA
Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: Your thoughts about music
Topic: Different kinds of fluency in a second language
Replies: 2
Views: 2100

Different kinds of fluency in a second language

This is from Chris' phase 17. In short, I find it unlikely that color or pitch categories are formed by perceptual discrimination and differentiation alone. The general effects of language labels on categorical perception make me suspect that this is an issue of concept formation. What's traditional...
by SteveA
Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:10 am
Forum: Your thoughts about music
Topic: AP and blind musicians
Replies: 3
Views: 1586

AP and blind musicians

I found this short paper from Harvard Medical School an interesting read. http://www.musicianbrain.com/papers/Hamilton_APinBlinds.pdf They found many blind people who have absolute pitch, who became blind after being born sighted, and who started their musical training when older than five years, so...
by SteveA
Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: Your thoughts about music
Topic: Thoughts about separating height and chroma in music
Replies: 2
Views: 1144

Thinking more about timbre and chroma and height... it ought to be possible to program a musical keyboard so that an octave is stretched to two octaves while each note is its usual chroma. So, comparing this keyboard to a piano, say, C3 would sound as C3 on the piano, and C4 on the keyboard would so...
by SteveA
Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:08 am
Forum: Your thoughts about music
Topic: Thoughts about separating height and chroma in music
Replies: 2
Views: 1144

Thoughts about separating height and chroma in music

I was just reading Chris' phase 13, about ways to think about sound in terms of having independent height and chroma. The sound of keeping the chroma the same but altering the height gradually makes me think of the sounds you can get out of an electric guitar by using a wah-wah pedal, an e-bow, a ta...
by SteveA
Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:21 am
Forum: Chordhopper
Topic: Unexpected perceptions while playing Chordhopper
Replies: 0
Views: 1437

Unexpected perceptions while playing Chordhopper

Something weird, and rather wonderful just happened while I was playing Chordhopper. I'm on the "ticket" level, so I get seven different chords by the end of a session. I've been able to progress this far easily because I clearly hear the inversion and type of chord within the key signatur...

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