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Jul. 22nd, 2008 @ 01:33 am First post
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I hesitated about joining this community since I have remarkably little to show achievement-wise for possessing absolute pitch :) but then stuff like the following that happened to me today prompted me to make a post:

http://ideealisme.livejournal.com/81880.html

Does anyone have that experience where they start being aware of what a note is and then they're aware of EVERY note around them? I mean the phone tone (C major), the printer (F again, an octave lower), the garbage truck near Grafton Street (B). And then you find yourself remembering the key of "I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue...it is truly amazing the amount of junk that fits into my brain.

and then of course if you're like me and worried you're going flat you just have to go check the note to make sure it really is what you think it is.
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From:matthras
Date:July 22nd, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
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One of my theories that people subconsciously develop absolute pitch on is the actual recognition of any note as a separate entity on its own and actually giving it a name.

But congratulations on your discovery!

As for going flat, I can only hope you're not a string player (or playing on a piano which is due for a tuning :P). My absolute pitch is almost never entirely 100% correct because you can expect a string instrument to be slightly out of tune sometimes (and I'm easily confused by microtones).
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From:ideealisme
Date:July 22nd, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
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well I always knew I had it but am only beginning to realise the impact it might have had on me musically and in general. For example, I always was a poor sight reader, and I now think I was pitching the note as I was reading it and I'm a slow pitcher so that slowed me down more.

Also I was involved with a rather poisonous man, the kind who has a Perfect Ex Girlfriend who never demeans herself to be nice to people but who is perfect and whom everyone fancies. I remember him insinuating to me very strongly that she was a *real* musician because of her amazing photographic memory and ability to sight read (his words). I was beating myself up as being not a real musician in comparison, all the time forgetting about the AP and that my poor sight reading might in some way be a result of that attribute (and the concomitant aural abilities I have), something I'm sure a two-bit organist such as she would have been very eager to possess.

Oh and she doesn't have it. (a) because she would also, in his view, be the best composer since Ludwig van Beethoven if she did and (b) I would have heard ALL about it by now. Perfect Pitch for the Perfect Bitch. Oh no I don't think so ;-)
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From:matthras
Date:July 23rd, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
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Well, get ready for a lifetime of annoyance of being able to identify every sound that you come across :P

I don't think one can ever define a 'real' musician. Just because one can't sightread well doesn't mean one won't ever be a good musician - it's just an area that one needs to put more work and time into.
And you know there are different types of memory, some people can hear a complicated song on the piano once and then play it back perfectly (of course, given they have the appropriate technical ability). Mozart was one of those people IIRC (unless the Amadeus movie is lying).

I'm hearing impaired, and I'm studying music at University. We all have our own ways of getting there :)
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From:a_invi
Date:July 22nd, 2008 09:07 am (UTC)
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just as microtones can confuse i think they added the neatest subtle effects, especially in voice. i think because sometimes the whole ensemble fluctuates in pitch just like in tempo (especially when playing with guitars and such ;P), thus relative pitch is even more crucial to correcting flatness or sharpness on the fly.
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From:a_invi
Date:July 22nd, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
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that sounds really cool. for me it's usually just one note. every once in a while i recognise the color of a non-musical tone (cat meowing, etc).