Here’s some more cutting-edge science for the weekend.
Academics have been analysing the sound of Itzhak Perlman’s Strad to discover similarities with the human singing voice, as delivered by a Metropolitan Opera soprano. With me, so far?
Joseph Nagyvary, professor emeritus in biochemistry at Texas A&M, found only two Italian vowel sounds, “i” and “e”. Others sounded French and English.
His conclusion: It appears that famous Cremonese instruments produce notes that gravitate toward certain type of vowels, implying that old masters could have used vowel identification as a means of quality assurance.
Read the full paper here.