SMC 40: Doppler Fun, Humor in Music

Fun with the doppler effect: a dorky adventure. (doppler java app)


Humor in Music

an interview with Peter Schickele, a.k.a P.D.Q. Bach

(heard at end: Jonathan & Darlene Edwards)

(Some papers on humor theory that we didn’t read. (1, 2))


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    1Terence Martinon 11 Aug 2011 at 12:22 pm

    What a fun episode! Love your dad’s work. I saw him in concert in Ann Arbor in the early 80′s and it’s still one of my all-time favorite concerts. I never made the mental connection between your last name and the good professor. So how was it growing up in Hoople, running around the campus of U of SND at H?? ;-)

    Dopler effect: Being a good dork, I easily followed your math, but you forgot one thing: If the iPhone played A440, and the pitch went up to roughly 444 as Hai Ting ran toward you, once she passed by, her speed would be SUBTRACTED from the formula, and the resulting pitch would be roughly 436. So what you were really hearing was an 8 cycle drop. All the more reason that it was noticable. And, of course, you two were noticable. I saw the APB they have out for you. Maybe you should stay inside for a week or so.

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    2Scopes Monkey Matton 14 Aug 2011 at 1:32 am

    Heh heh, all good points, Terence. It’s true that our “experiment” running back and forth provided rough results: we could clearly hear the pitch wavering, but it was slight, and quick, and we needed more coffee before we could claim any decent data-collecting capabilities….

    Growing up in Hoople was great! I was fed only beer for my first eight years, and by fourteen I was allowed occasional forays out of the basement….

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