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

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

Professional grade audio monitors are the flavour of the year at this years NAMMJ. Perfectly adaptable to any acoustic environment, the JBL 705P/708P is a jack of all trades.

19 Jan 2017 18:01
thumbnail

The innovative new Jody Jazz Super Jet mouthpieces are specially designed with jazz, blues and rock saxophonists in mind.

19 Jan 2017 16:02
thumbnail

Bringing the thunder at this years NAMM are Yamaha's new Ryden Series. A beginner level kit built to last, you can expect premium quality at a pinch of the price.

19 Jan 2017 15:41
thumbnail

Gretsch unveil their 2017 line up, showcasing a whole variety of their classic signature shapes with modern twists

19 Jan 2017 15:40
thumbnail

Iconic Zakk Wylde bullseye design? Check. Monstrous and uncompromising tone? Check. The Odin Grail Genesis guitar delivers the goods to the metal masses

17 Jan 2017 13:40

Recent Music News

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

With a number of exciting features, the RD-2000 combines the best features of acoustic and digital pianos into an innovative hybrid

19 Jan 2017 18:40
thumbnail

A versatile and dynamic Digital Mixer with a plethora of exciting capabilities

19 Jan 2017 18:06
thumbnail

Orange's new amps are the perfect solution for those who want to kill two birds with one stone. Just as able on the stage as it is in your bedroom, the Rocker series offer complete versatility.

19 Jan 2017 18:02