I remember playing with an electronic keyboard when I was a child, randomly pressing the keys, and by accident I hit on two keys that I instantly recognised as the speaking voice of a teacher at school. Maybe it was because he always spoke at constant pitches, like he was singing, and didn't glide between pitches.
The impression was strongest only with a certain timbre. I showed this to my friends, saying: "doesn't this sound like mr. x?", but they didn't hear it.
Lately I've noticed that creaking door hinges and buzzing power tools play music.
aruffo wrote:Early on, I turned up my nose at the idea that absolute pitch was related to recognizing pitches in one's environment, but now I'm not able to think of any better examples of unambiguous functions for pitch. Anything musical I could think of could easily be transposed.
Does the function really have to be absolute in the abstract sense? Wouldn't it be possible that the absoluteness of absolute pitch is just a side effect, like naming tones is? Is it possible to develop relative pitch to such a degree that you could complete all of ETC only using relative pitch, thus being immune to all absolute pitch development? And would such RP skill be any different than absolute pitch?