You know Freddie Mercury is the best, I know Freddie Mercury is the best… but opinions are subjective, right? Not when science proves it!
Researchers from Sweden, Austria and the Czech Republic took it upon themselves to study Freddie’s fantastic voice, releasing their findings last year in a piece titled, “Freddie Mercury—acoustic analysis of speaking fundamental frequency, vibrato, and subharmonics.” What did they find?
That Freddie uses subharmonics. A technique usually employed by Tuvan throat singers, Mercury was able to use subharmonics by vibrating his ventricular folds. Yeah, I don’t know what this means either. Hmm… In plain english, Freddie could basically make it sound like he was pushing his voice to its very limits with ease.
They also found that Mercury was likely a natural baritone, despite being known as a tenor.
“These traits, in combination with the fast and irregular vibrato, might have helped create Freddie Mercury’s eccentric and flamboyant stage persona,” researchers wrote in the scientific journal Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology.
Scientists were not able to confirm or deny Mercury’s rumored four-octave range.