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Jul. 1st, 2009 @ 12:01 pm perfect pitch curiosity
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Date:July 1st, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
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1. Yes. Electronic/synthesised music sounds sharp to me, and sometimes I can be off by a major third when singing in solfege because I'm unfamiliar with the timbre. (My primary instrument is the cello)

2. I've never really understood how people mean by colours when it comes to music (unless they have synesthesia). However in my experience when I listen to clarinet music I do tend to pitch the notes as if I was identifying notes on the clarinet rather than by concert pitch. (Learnt clarinet in high school)

3. Hear as a whole.

4. Harmonic way.

Please note that my answers to questions 3 and 4 may be biased towards the fact that I'm deaf on the right ear (and use a hearing aid on the left) so I may not actually be able to separate the different notes due to the lack of a second ear.
Date:July 1st, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for your answsers.

When I say pitch color, It's only figuratively speaking. I only mean whatever quality you hear in pitch that makes it distinct from others. It's always kind of tricky for those who don't have absolute pitch to imagine that pitchs can sound differents for those with AP because others hear more like a single pitch quality that can vary in height.

It's surprising how many people here seem to have hearing problems. I wonder if there is a correlation with absolute pitch. Maybe prefect pitch appears to compensate.
Is your deathness of right ear recent (prior to your absolute pitch) ?
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Date:July 1st, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Nope. My hearing impairment's entirely congenital.

The basic idea that I've read in research in developing absolute pitch is due to the stage of development that the child starts learning music. When the child is growing up, at first he'll concentrate on individual sounds, and then later shift to perceiving the relative nature of sounds.

However when I was diagnosed with my hearing impairment at the age of 2, I went straight into speech training which attempted to improve my vocabulary by repetition of words in sentences. i.e. 'The penguin is waddling. Waddling. Waddling.'

My theory is that because I've learnt to focus on individual words, that this has shifted over to my musical training (I started on the cello at five) and hence the development of absolute pitch.