[Dixielandjazz] Re: Bb is the key of life

Richard Broadie richard.broadie at gte.net
Fri Sep 19 16:07:13 PDT 2003

Hi Dan.

Can you calculate the width of the piano it would take to play Bb 57 octaves
below middle C or the length of the string to resonate at that frequency?
Of course you'd have to add  53 octaves on treble side to keep middle C in
the middle.

Wish my math skills were as good as yours.

Dick B
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dan Augustine" <ds.augustine at mail.utexas.edu>
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Sent: Friday, September 19, 2003 8:35 AM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Re: Bb is the key of life

> >From: Andy.Ling at Quantel.Com
> >Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 09:37:55 +0100
> >
> >It's official. Forget all those horrible sharp keys used
> >by others. The Jazz key of Bb is what nature uses. A recent
> >report states :-
> >
> >Astronomers have found, for the first time, sound waves
> >from a super-massive black hole. The "note", pitched at
> >B flat and fifty seven octaves below middle C, is the
> >deepest ever detected from any object in the Universe.
> >And the tremendous amounts of energy carried by these
> >sound waves may solve a long-standing problem in astrophysics.
> >
> >You'd need one enormous tuba to get down that low though.
> >
> >For those interested, there is more info at :-
> >
> >http://www.nasa.gov/lb/home/hqnews/2003/sep/HQ_03284_Chandra_Hears.html
> >
> >Andy Ling
> **--------------------------------------------------------------------**
>     Ahem.  As a tuba player and one interested in acoustics and
psychoacoustics, i think that whoever wrote the article that Andy's
referring to either is joking or is an idiot.
>     To get 57 octaves below middle C (which is what, 256 cyles per second)
you would have to divide 256 by 2 successively 57 times.  My calculations
(which admittedly could be wrong) show that this would be a 'frequency' of
0.00000000000000710542735760, or one 'sound' impulse every 140737488355328
seconds, which works out to be a vibration-beat every 8,925,512.96 years.
>     That's a very low blow indeed.
>     Dan
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