XPN MusicNotes: Study the science behind Freddie Mercury’s voice, listen to Fleet Foxes singer Robin Pecknold go solo

Freddie Mercury | photo by Carl Lender

A new scientific study has confirmed what many of us had already known for years: Queen’s Freddie Mercury had a truly remarkable voice unlike most others.

Researchers from Sweden, the Czech Republic and Austria have published an extensive scientific review of why Freddie Mercury‘s voice was so unique & amazing. The results of their findings have been published in the voice journal Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology which says, as part of its abstract:

“This study presents an acoustical analysis of his voice production and singing style, based on perceptual and quantitative analysis of publicly available sound recordings.”

Among the findings in the Freddie Mercury—Acoustic Analysis of Speaking Fundamental Frequency, Vibrato, and Subharmonics:

* Freddie Mercury employed the use of subharmonics in his voice which a singing style where the ventricular folds vibrate along with the vocal folds. Most humans never speak or sing with their ventricular folds unless they are Tuvan throat singers.


* Freddie Mercury’s vocal cords moved significantly faster than most other people’s. A typical vibrato will fluctuate between 5.4 Hz and 6.9 Hz, Mercury’s was 7.04 Hz.

Read the entire research article here.

Following a hiatus from music to pursue his university studies, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes is back with a new, solo single.

Pecknold has resumed his studies at Columbia University in NY over the last couple of years and hasn’t recorded with Fleet Foxes since their last album in 2011- ‘Helplessness Blues.’ Recently the band’s guitarist Christian Wargo stated that Fleet Foxes will be back again definitely.

Last year Robin Pecknold released a solo cover of ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’ by The Five Keys. Now he’s released the instrumental song “Swimming.” Take a listen below.

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