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Old 09-08-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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A=440 Hz

Hello, can someone explain how 440 came about and why its the standard today. I would also like to know how it relates to certain intervals and harmonics etc.

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Old 09-08-2012, 11:10 AM   #2
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if you just google your own thread title you will find a wikipedia entry explaining just that at the top of the list...
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:17 AM   #3
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440 hertz is the frequency of the note A above middle C. At least that's what high school physics taught me.


As for how it became standard, no idea.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:28 AM   #4
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:44 AM   #5
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It's largely irrelevant other than the historical element. In terms of actual music it makes no difference. I guess that's arguable, but those arguments always seemed to be laced with bullshit.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:48 AM   #6
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I guess that's arguable, but those arguments always seemed to be laced with bullshit.


what forum do you think we're on?
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:50 AM   #7
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:35 PM   #8
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As was already mentioned, the Wikipedia article already provides some history of the standard.

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In this article, pitch standards are confused with (relative) tuning systems. It should be clear that retuning a 12-edo instrument to a different reference pitch, regardless of its prime factorization, will not achieve Pythagorean intonation (12-edo is fairly close to that as it is).
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:57 PM   #9
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor...n_Western_music
Somewhere to start on "why is A 440Hz". You may want to read more than this, though.
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