The Acoustics of Different Genres of Singing

Johan Sundberg

in The Oxford Handbook of Singing

ISBN: 9780199660773
Published online October 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191750915 | DOI:
The Acoustics of Different Genres of Singing

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This chapter reviews several studies of singing in different styles. The studies reveal that the differences concern all the main dimensions of phonation: F0, loudness, phonation type, and formant frequencies. Most vocal styles differ substantially from normal speech, though in quite different ways. A difficulty in describing the characteristics of the styles of singing typical of different musical genres is that the same term does not always mean the same to all experts. Some diverging results in voice research on styles of singing may perhaps emerge from such terminological issues. The author suggests that descriptions of different styles of singing should be related to objective findings on the overall phonatory and articulatory potentials of the voice.

Keywords: phonation; formant frequencies; musical genres; voice research

Article.  7896 words. 

Subjects: Applied Music

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