Does perfect absolute pitch spoil a listener for imperfect music?
December 1, 2006 8:04 AM Subscribe
Do people with perfect [absolute] pitch find it unpleasant or uncomfortable to listen to music which deviates from standard pitch?
posted by Songdog to media & arts (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not referring to wrong
notes (incorrect notes in the correct key, or dissonant or inharmonious but on-pitch notes), and I'm not referring to individual notes that wander somewhat sharp or flat of their intended pitch. These things bother lots of people, even those of us without strong senses of relative pitch. I'm really asking about other types of deviations from the familiar:
- Music played in tune, but in tune relative to a non-standard standard (e.g. A=438Hz instead of 440Hz),
- Known music played in unexpected keys, and
- Just temperament versus equal temperament.
Does it make a difference whether you are "born with" or develop perfect absolute pitch? Does it make a difference what musical tradition(s) you grew up with?