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There are many newspapers and magazines reporting about the study of Freddie Mercury’s voice. This article might be the first (found through Google alerts)


Taken from NY Daily News (April 18, 2016)

Scientists study Freddie Mercury’s voice

Scientists discover how Freddie Mercury drove his voice to the limits

by Brian Lisi



Mark Allan/AP
Freddie Mercury and his band Queen on stage at Live Aid July 13, 1985 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

We will, we will conduct an acoustical analysis of you.


In a study published online, scientists detail how they studied rock and roller Freddie Mercury in order to "arrive at more empirically based insights" into his "voice production and singing style."


The results? Believe it or not, he was human.


Published in Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, the official journal of the Scandinavian Cooperation Council of Logopedics and Phoniatrics and the British Voice Association, the study describes how the authors filmed the Queen frontman's larynx with a high-speed camera. At 4,132 frames per second, among other methods, they truly measured the man behind the music.


Scrutinizing "Freddie Mercury: The Solo Collection" and 23 recordings of Queen, scientists hypothesized that Mercury was a baritone who sang as a tenor.



MARCO ARNDT/AP
Turns out, Mercury's vocal and ventricular folds were the true champions.

Nonetheless, they discovered that he demonstrated "subharmonic vibration," a physical phenomenon that creates "the impression of a sound production system driven to its limits."


At the same time Mercury vibrated his vocal folds, he was also manipulating his throat's ventricular folds, all of it coming together to produce his trademark sound.


Now if only they can just figure out how fat bottom girls make the rocking world go round.


Queen - Live at LIVE AID 1985/07/13




 
 

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