teaching that MIDI note 60 is middle C as a reference point:
- 60? least memorable number ever
- that's like 261.32whatever Hz, what even is that
- middle?? no one has been able to afford an 88 key keyboard for centuries
teaching that MIDI note 69 is A4 as a reference point:
- 440 Hz baby, that's a tuning standard
- i'll remember it until i die
@jellypotato @cadence it's evolved in some places to the musical equivalent to flat earth - having more and more wild attributes associated with it; and some wild backstory to do with lightning resonating in the atmosphere
for 99% of people the tuning doesn't matter, since you can only tell different notes apart by comparing them to each other. so while it might sound dark or atonal in comparison, a 432Hz tuned song in isolation will do nothing for you
i get your complaint ...
(also, why C ... isn't A the start of the alphabet (also syncing with your 440Hz arg (although this tuning reference pitch has gotten increasingly more sharp over time)))
but there are causes!
i think "middle" C is because it's more or less in the middle of the human vocal range (aside from the "why C" conundrum mentioned above)
with MIDI they just picked a tone (again C), called it 0 and went up.
a problem with 60 is that there are 12 notes to the octave (base 12); accordingly, our digital (base 10) system does not align ...
anyway, music systems are always flawed ...