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musical talk? (sally)

From:Baba <fikhduv@...>
Date:Saturday, October 24, 1998, 23:19
--- On Sat, 24 Oct Sally Caves <scaves@...> wrote:
> >Drat, this was a concept I had many many years ago, and people went... >"huh?" My notion was that it was chords that expressed grammar--and >INTERVALS--whether it was a second, a third, a fourth, a fifth or a sixth >in the succession of notes or chords. It is easier to hear intervals >between notes than specific notes by themselves. By "two notes," I'm >assuming, Nik, that you mean two notes played together? Or two notes >played in succession?
Great idiots, er minds, think alike ;-) I'd an idea for a cat-like alien who'd dual vocal chords so the 'tonal' languages of that world used pitch, as chinese does, to distinguish homophones, while the interval carried other info like "formality" fer' instance. ;-) Regards Baba