May 25, 2007

Laugh at Beethoven


So, do you know anybody who has an octave laugh?

They start laughing at a lower pitch, and by the time they're done they're up a whole octave? I started noticing that this one person I know who laughs like this, actually has a laugh progression in musical thirds. For example, in order to get from one C note to another on a piano, you can break up those notes into thirds, C-E-G...and then up to the next C note. *Hitting the notes C-E-G at the same time make up a C-chord.

This person laughs like that, starting at a note and then going up by thirds. It's frightening, actually. Could she be a musical savant? Or is musicality so naturally ingrained in the human psyche, that it can't help but come out?

1 comment:

matt j said...

My wife's Kitchen Aid mixer has 4 speeds settings. At least three of them are octaves of each other.

I don't think we have enough data to answer your question. We should try to notice if there are other ways music has found its way into our mannerisms in inexpected ways.