22 Jun 2016

Pitch perfect: why some of us can hit the high notes

From Afternoons, 1:20 pm on 22 June 2016

If you struggle to hit the high notes of Mariah Carey or don't quite have the range of Axl Rose, Professor Ingo Titze may be able to help.

vocal chords illustration

He has led a team at the University of Utah to find out why some of us have a bigger vocal range. The team didn't just look at humans - they measured the larynx characteristics of 16 species, including mice and elephants.