Friday, August 27, 2004

Pitch it!

Pitch is a very complex thing to think about. It's not an easy thing to explain because it's usually up to what you hear. Pitch is determined by what the ear judges to be the most fundamental wave-frequency of the sound. Studies have shown that differences of timbre, loudness and musical context affect pitch. But long-term memory, called absolute pitch, enables some people to identify the pitch of sounds apart from their relation to other sounds. In general, according to The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, pitch is regarded as becoming higher with increasing frequency and lower with decreasing frequency.

Sources: The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, 4th ed.