Freddie Mercury everyone knows the name and science has proven some kind of superiority to the singer among his peers. It has been scientifically proven by a group of Austrian, Czech and Swedish researchers that the guy has something unusual. They uncovered some amazing facts about the legendary man. The research was published in the Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology.
Many people thought Mercury to be a tenor, however an analysis revealed a median speaking fundamental frequency which is about 117.3 Hz. This kind of frequency is not something common but found in speaker with a baritone voice. Singer had also once refused to sing at an opera, he feared that the audience might not recognize his baritone voice. The researchers concluded that Mercury was a talented guy which allowed him to sail between difference base range. He was able to move away from his base range and explore different tenor. This can be simply written as, he pushed the boundires of his voice and he did that pretty well.
These researchers gave a huge task to rock singer Daniel Zangger to imitate the voice of Mercury. They couldn’t bring back the voice of Mercury as he had died in 90s. Zanggers voice was filmed at 4k frames per second. This much detail of voice was taken to properly analyse the voice. It became pretty obvious that Mercury used sub-harmonics while he sung. The vocal cords of Mercury simply moved faster than a common person.
The researchers put forward this in a very strange argument to explain how the speed of Mercury vocal chords produced vibrations which made his sound quite distinctive.
Quantitative analysis utilising a newly introduced parameter to assess the regularity of vocal vibrato corroborated its perceptually irregular nature, suggesting that vibrato (ir)regularity is a distinctive feature of the singing voice.