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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000123.txt from 2010/11

From: "Bill Hausmann" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] RES: Orchestral Pitch
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 20:58:38 -0500

It IS a bit strange, but psychoacoustically true. Flat sounds really bad,
but the same amount sharp does not. Just one of the many unexplained human
brain things.

Bill Hausmann

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jennifer =

> Subject: Re: [kl] RES: Orchestral Pitch
> =

> On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 9:37 PM, Bill Hausmann <>
> wrote:
> > But the increased projection is itself a myth. =A0The problem is that
> the ear is relatively insensitive to SHARPNESS, but VERY sensitive to
> =

> This is a strange phenomenon. If one player is sharp, then the rest
> of the band is flat. Is the flatness of the band relative to the
> sharp soloist disturbing? Or does it go unnoticed, because of the
> sheer difference in number of players in the two camps. The "flat"
> band is actually in tune because of the large number of players and
> the soloist's sharpness goes unnoticed. Alternatively, the flat alto
> sax in the second row stands out like a sore thumb relative to the "in
> tune" band. Nevermind the sharp soloist.
> =

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