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Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Highest And Lowest Recorded Notes

This isn't an isolated vocal of a hit tune like I've been posting all week, but it is about vocals and is incredibly cool. The following comes by way of joetheflow, and it's a couple of actual videos of people singing both the highest and the lowest musical notes ever recorded. Check this out.

"The piano has 88 keys, the highest note playable is a high C, often referred to as C8. For a long time, Maria Carey was credited with the highest note – a G7 during a 2003 rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner." However, in 2008, a guy named Adam Lopez took the record by hitting a C8 – off the keyboard – in front of a live audience. You've got to wait until 2:35 before he actually sings.

At the other end of the scale, the lowest note hit by a human, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is a gutter-scraping .393 Hz. This was achieved by Gospel singer Roger Menees in 2010. But there is some controversy about that number, as the human ear can’t hear below 18 Hz. Currently, a recording company is on the hunt for someone to record the lowest SINGABLE note – a low E in the work, De Profundis, by Paul Mealor."

I love the end of this last one where the poor Roland speakers were topping out as they tried to reproduce it. Of course, it would have been a good idea to use a set of speakers that were capable of reproducing those frequencies, but we'll let that one up to Guinness. Whether Roger Menees is credited with the record or not is immaterial. He has a truly unique voice that's quite capable of being a loudspeaker test!

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