Re: Music-conlangs & music
|From:||R A Brown <ray@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, July 5, 2006, 17:00|
James W. wrote:
> On Tue, 4 Jul 2006 20:40:33 +0100, "R A Brown"
> <ray@...> said:[snip]
>>Yep - the subject line explicitly refers to 'music-conlangs'. I thought
>>I had made it clear that I was referring to those conlangs that use
>>whole ranges of a musical scale of some sort or other. AFAIK there are
>>_no_ natlangs that do this.
> Do you mean particular modes (like Major, Minor, Dorian, Locrian, etc.)?
> Given the different 'absolute' pitch ranges of everyone's voices, esp.
> between male and female, I think this would be the most effective way to
> go about it--since the quality of the scale/mode can be produced on
I agree. The 'Mercurian' language used the Major scale.
> Otherwise, you would have to deal with absolute pitch, and that
> would exclude most of the population.
I agree also. I have a feeling that Solresol did deal with absolute
pitch. Although the literature refers to 'do, re, me...' etc, I have a
feeling that in 19th century France it meant, C, D, E.... etc.
Bruce Koestner's Eaiea seems also to deal with absolute pitch, thus:
Eaiea letter Musical pitch
But I am skeptical about the practicality of this for ordinary mortals.
> OTOH, if everyone in the society
> had absolute pitch, (and the same vocal range...), your group of
> would be quite a bit larger, assuming a vocal range of two and a half
This would work in a fictitious setting where we have creatures all
endowed with absolute pitch; but I agree with you that most of us
earthlings are not so endowed.
> James W.
> The composer on the list who has no desire whatsoever to create a
> musical conlang.You wouldn't even find it just a teensy weensy bit interesting? ;)
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