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Seminar at Speech, Music and Hearing:

On the acoustic clothes of singing

Johan Sundberg

Abstract

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.

15:15 - 17:00
Tuesday November 4, 2008

The seminar is held in Fantum.

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