To gain expressivity, singers dress their vocal performances in
interesting acoustic clothes. These clothes are composed of the voice
source underwear and the resonatory and temporal garment.
The first part of the seminar will be devoted to a series of voice source
studies carried out by means of Svante Granqvist’s Decap inverse filtering
software. The voice source of classically trained singer voices and
untrained voices are compared as well as the voice source in different
non-classical styles of singing such as soul, rock, blues.
The second part of the seminar looks into the affective dictionary of
vocal expressivity. For such a study singing is a particularly
attractive object, since it uses expressivity in a systematic manner and
since singing, unlike conversational speech, is not confounded with an
elusive semantic message. The main questions asked are (1) What
acoustic/temporal code do singers use to add expressivity and (2) How come
that listeners understand this code? Several examples of code identity or
similarity between singing and speech will be mentioned.