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Article: The lowest note ever recorded

 
By Haresh Bakshi
 
 

According to The Guinness Book of World Records, Roger Menees has made the lowest note ever recorded. In February, at a recording studio in Carbondale, he hit an F-sharp at .393 hertz.

"It's really not a functional note when you go down that low," he told NPR's Robert Siegel. "This is the slowest vibration that you can make with your vocal chord the slowest vocal pulses with the greatest interval between them."

The human ear can't hear the note. Instead, it detects "the colliding of the vocal chords in making the pulse."

To hit that note, Menees practiced for three months.

You can hear a sample of his voice here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128060851&sc=emaf

[Courtesy: npr.org]

 

 

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