- Mar 30, 2014
You may “think” and believe diﬀerently all you want, @Sophia2023. But, you keep ignoring the fact that each of their natural voice-types were a complete, total 180-degrees from and opposite of one another; Not even the tiniest, most microscopically inﬁnitesimal fraction of ANY similarity to each other at all, by any stretch of the imagination. Their voices, as adults, couldn’t have been any further apart. Total, complete opposites, like night from day, and vice-versa.I think Prince’s and Michael’s techniques made their voices very different. Just in reality they had the same voice-type, while in the media, they pretended they had different voice-types in helium.
One voice (Prince’s) was a deep, lower-pitched, obviously “masculine,” somewhat “older”-sounding and slightly heavier-timbred Baritone/possible Bass-Baritone, that frequently and often depended upon the use of a rather high “Falsetto” extension —— maybe even having used “Whistle”-Pitch Register, from time to time —— to hit and sing high notes, while the other voice (Michael’s) was that of a former child Soprano-turned-extremely High Tenor/possible “Countertenor”* (*as some people have claimed his voice was much more like, since it sounded so “young” for his age, so light-timbred and “androgynous,” which I believe may possibly be true as well) who only had occasionally sung in “Falsetto” every once in a blue moon but didn’t have to rely and depend upon it, necessarily, in order to have hit and sung his highest notes. He could very easily have done that with either his Chest Voice or Head Voice, if that was what he wanted to do, which he mainly did.
Can you please explain what you mean by your phrase “in helium”? I don’t get that. Earth’s atmosphere of gravity is heavier, so, air is heavier than helium, a gas that is lighter than air. The strange temporary eﬀect of one’s breathing in helium —— as we might have seen people do on T.V., when they breathe it in from a balloon that had been ﬁlled with it, for example —— is that helium does something to the vocal cords that “lightens” the voice itself, making the timbre and pitch sound very similar to the voice on a recording that’s being sped up, but without the rapid speed (that is, IF you get what I mean). Can you answer this question, honestly? What you say might be very interesting to this discussion.