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Re^3: Visualizing bugs

by gaal (Parson)
on Dec 20, 2004 at 06:50 UTC ( [id://416114]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Visualizing birds
in thread Visualizing bugs

Cool story. I wonder about the possibilities if you had pianists for bird-watchers. You'd give them a MIDI keyboard and let, oh, a minor fourth stand for one bird, and a diminished major seventh another. Or perhaps when a flock passed over your heads you'd get to listen to a spontaneous fugue.

/me remembers helping zoologists in a bat cave once

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Major pedant
by runrig (Abbot) on Dec 20, 2004 at 17:04 UTC
    a minor fourth stand for one bird, and a diminished major seventh another

    Fourths and fifths are 'perfect' and so are neither major nor minor, though they can be augmented (up) or diminished (down). And a 'diminished' major seventh would just be called a minor seventh (update: or maybe a dominant seventh depending on context). (Update: and I'd say something about what tye wrote above, but his story is too cool to quibble about music terminology).

      D'oh! I was thinking of 7sus4 and, uh, yeah, 7-5.

      /me needs to review chord theory... Thanks for the corrections.

        Ahh, I was thinking of intervals, not chords. I guess they could play an augmented 9th if they see a purple sandpiper in the haze :-)

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