Freddie Mercury's golden voice has sung some of the greatest anthems in Rock & Roll history.
Now, a team of voice researchers at the University of Vienna have analyzed his incredible vocal range and published their findings in an article titled, "Freddie Mercury””acoustic analysis of speaking fundamental frequency, vibrato, and subharmonics."
A team of Austrian voice scientists led by Christian T. Herbst recently analyzed over twenty Queen songs, plus the front man's entire solo catalogue and six archival interviews. They discovered, "a surprisingly high mean fundamental frequency modulation rate (vibrato) of 7.0”‰Hz, reaching the range of vocal tremor," an impressive vibrato even by today's classically trained standards.
The combination of Freddie's distinctive vibrato and his subharmonic abilities are what make his voice so special. The 10-page paper explains,"Their occurrence aids in creating the impression of a sound production system driven to its limits, even while used with great finesse. These traits, in combination with the fast and irregular vibrato, might have helped create Freddie Mercury's eccentric and flamboyant stage persona."
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That's enough science.
It's time to behold the incredible vocal power of Freddie Mercury.