Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Viscosity of Pitch

My friend Kyle and I were talking at work today and he said, "Do you know anything about the viscosity of pitch?"

And I said, "No."

"Well, you know about the pitch drop, right?"

Too which I replied, "Not a lot, no."

And then he said, "Pitch is this stuff like tar--"

I interrupted: "Wait, what?" You see, Kyle is a musician and I thought he was going to educate me on some musical knowledge that he possessed. Music interests me a great deal so I was all for the sharing, but I was not prepared for the apparent left turn into a discourse on tar.

What he wanted to discuss with me -- and thought I would find interesting -- was the Pitch Drop Experiment. Now, I had never ever ever heard of this so listening to him outline all of the details associated with it so far was fascinating. I have some reading to do yet on the subject, but things like multiple webcams, and trips to Europe, and the whole world watching, and the first drop taking eight years are just weird enough for me to blow an hour or two of research on. So I will.

But first I had to clear the mental hard drive of where my mind first went: the acclaimed 900-page study by preeminent musicologist Calamari Saucerbottom on the topic of the viscosity of pitch and the fluidity of music. It's a hefty tome (in my imagination) with fine type, copious illustrations, and a massively amazing cover by yours truly.

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