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Freddie Mercury’s voice had unusual features: science confirms that.

July 18, 2020   Seraja   2

When you think of rock music and the personalities that have marked this musical genre, the name Freddie Mercury cannot be missed. Died in 1991, Queen’s iconic, charismatic, eccentric frontman, with his spectacular vocal performances, has truly marked the course of an entire musical genre, becoming a model for inspiration, a goal many singers and aspiring singers want to achieve.

And it’s not just about musical taste. His voice was truly incredible: science has explained why and has given certainties to anyone convinced of it.

A group of Swedish, Austrian and Czech experts performed an in-depth acoustic analysis of Mercury’s voice and compared his singing skills to that of professional singer Daniel Zangger-Borch, the only one in the world who could perfectly match Freddie’s singing characteristics. The results? Beautiful, just as it often happened when we talked about things that affected this famous musician.

First, although Mercury’s vocal extension was believed to have her voice similar – if not superior – features compared to a soprano, the Queen singer was actually a baritone, with mid frequencies attested at about 117.3 Hz, so a very, very special baritone.

But besides that, what really makes Freddie’s voice extraordinary is the vibrato. This singing technique is usually measured in humans at 5.4 or 6.0 Hz, but the frequencies of Mercury’s vibrato reached 7.04 Hz, a value that made his style famous, with vocal cords likely moving significantly faster than the average singers.

Exactly the vibrato, along with the fact that, in order to achieve the extensions that characterized his voice, he used the subharmonic singing style – in which the ventricular cords vibrate along with the vocal – made Freddie Mercury a rocker of its kind.

This time, therefore, Mercury’s talents have been confirmed by careful scientific analysis. Whether or not you like his style, Queen’s leader was undoubtedly a unique and hard-to-imitate singer, probably the greatest in rock history.


Queen’s iconic music & live performances will rock you on their new SiriusXM channel

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For all the Queen fans wondering if a wall-to-wall channel of the band’s hits, live performances, and more is real life, the answer is yes. Starting today, July15 at 12pm ET, hear more than just some background noise when The Queen Channel launches on SiriusXM.

The Queen Channel will encompass the legendary band’s sterling song craft, virtuoso musicality, outrageous glamour, and colossal spectacle by showcasing over 40 years of musical material. This will include songs spanning the band’s career as they evolved from colleges and clubs around London to worldwide acclaim — including their iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985. Plus, hear music and entertainment royalty pay tribute, including Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, Paul Rodgers, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as they Guest DJ playing some of their favorite Queen songs. The Queen Channel will be available on the SiriusXM app in the Rock category. Additionally, Channel 27 will become The Queen Channel from Wednesday, July 15 at 12pm ET through Tuesday, July 21.

SiriusXM is launching our latest collection of exclusive radio channels dedicated to iconic musicians, including brand-new channels from Beastie Boys, Bob Marley, Coldplay, Michael Jackson, and Queen, plus the return of The Prince Channel, which will be available through Thursday, August 13 on the SiriusXM app, internet-connected devices, and smart speakers in your home. We’ve collaborated with these legendary artists and their teams to create unique, hand-crafted radio channels that listeners and fans will find nowhere else.


Freddie Mercury, ” A life in his own words

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I can’t relax in bed all day and just do nothing. I hardly read books because I think that’s a waste of time. I relax in ways most people can’t understand, by just sleeping on a plane when I’m flying for 20 minutes. That’s all the relaxation I need. I don’t need tons of sleep, i can get by on three or four hours sleep a night. That’s enough for me. I recharge my batteries in that short a time and I’m up again.

Freddie Mercury, ” A life in his own words”.