Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Musical tones 'reflect human speech'

The tonal qualities of music are very closely connected with the sound of human speech, a new study has revealed.
Great deals on musical instruments

The sound of a minor or major chord on a piano or acoustic guitar has long been known to arouse a mixture of emotions in listeners.

And according to a new study, there is a scientific reason to why chords can resonate so strongly with people.

Researchers at Duke University in the US compared the tones of human speech with those in thousands of folk and classical compositions.

The study, which was published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, found that there were many common features between the spoken word and music.

For example, happy speech was said to feature the same combination of tones as those found in a major chord.

Meanwhile, the sound of sadness in a person's voice was found to relate closely to the tone of a minor chord.

Professor Dale Purves, one of the scientists behind the study, commented: "Our appreciation of music is a happy byproduct of the biological advantages of speech and our need to understand its emotional content."

The chord of Dm was famously named as the saddest of all chords by Nigel Tufnel, electric guitar player in spoof rock band Spinal Tap.

Start Saving Money on Musical Instruments NowADNFCR-2133-ID-19513067-ADNFCR

Posted on 15 Dec 2009 12:11 to category : Instruments News

Related Music News

thumbnail

Sabian's NAMM releases have been specifically designed to spice up your drum kits overall sound and give you a definitive and varied spectrum of tone

20 Jan 2017 15:41
thumbnail

In a variety of different finishes and sizes Mapex's new Saturn V Tours express classic Mapex tone with a new ergonomic design

19 Jan 2017 19:51
thumbnail

A compact and lightweight Electric Acoustic Bass Guitar ideal for those who value playability and ultimate accessibility to their instrument

19 Jan 2017 19:39
thumbnail

Elektron's Digitakt Drum Machine is the answer to all your of your percussive desires

19 Jan 2017 19:16
thumbnail

British microphone brand Aston have just announced the worlds first laser targeting pencil mic.

19 Jan 2017 19:07
thumbnail

Utilising state of the art recording and playback operation, the Fireface UFX II interface combines premium quality manufacturing with next level audio quality

17 Jan 2017 13:02

Recent Music News

thumbnail

With various different entries, Ibanez unleash a spectacular array of signature models to their NAMM 2017 line up

20 Jan 2017 14:40
thumbnail

With extensive research conducted into how to make a kit that truly caters to the player and their specific needs, Pearl hit a home run with these one of a kind custom kits

20 Jan 2017 12:52
thumbnail

A revamp of one of Ludwig's most popular snares, the Ludwig Black Beauty 14x8 projects classic tone and looks as good as the original

20 Jan 2017 11:47
thumbnail

Mackie's Big Knob Studio Interface continues the legacy of its predecessors, championing various new features and exciting tech to reiterate its triumphant return.

20 Jan 2017 11:14
thumbnail

Line 6's first ever artist designed guitar, the Shuriken personifies the aggressive and technical playing styles of metal enthusiasts around the world.

20 Jan 2017 10:28
thumbnail

Building on the foundations of its predecessor the Prophet 08, the REV2 features a whole array of interesting and innovative additions to its format.

20 Jan 2017 08:37