Western zeal for [absolute pitch] has given rise to what I call a Godification complex,” which has idolized rather than popularized this skill. The attitude towards AP is so glorified among Westerners that AP is colloquially known as “perfect pitch.” The American interviewees, some of whom had AP themselves, spoke of AP as a “gift,” a mark of “talent,” an act occurring “without effort” and “as though by magic.”


In all, AP has been lifted to a place so sacred that instead of training for it, people who struggle with identifying pitches without reference are told to give up before they have begun to practice.


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