Vocalization

Grain

A term used by Roland Barthes to describe the materiality of the embodied voice: “The ‘grain’ is the body of the voice as it […]

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Harmonic Singing

“Harmonic singing” refers to various style of singing or chanting in which individual harmonic components (overtones) are perceived by listeners, such as in certain […]

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Intervocality

Intervocality is a term that ethnomusicologist Steve Feld has used to signify “the inherently dialogic and embodied qualities of speaking and hearing. Intervocality underscores […]

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Loudness

Loudness is a perceptual quality of sound that correlates somewhat with the sound’s amplitude or power, but also depends on its short-time spectrum.  The loudness of […]

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Pitch

Pitch is a perceptual quality that, in speech, usually corresponds to fundamental frequency (although unvoiced sounds such as wheezes and some whistles can have […]

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Polyvocal

Produced or delivered by many voices. And these voices do not have to come from separate sources, or be acknowledged as coming from separate […]

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Power

Power is a physical measure of an audio signal, proportional to the square of its amplitude.  One can also specify or measure a physical sound’s […]

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Prosody

Although prosody is a quality of speech rather than singing, it is of vital importance to anyone setting text to music. The rising and […]

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Resonance

Resonance, as an acoustical phenomenon, describes the ability of a physical enclosure to amplify incident sounds at particular resonant frequencies.  The vocal tract has […]

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Rhetoric

Rhetoric is, to most, an outdated field of study: one that smacks of the 19th century and other questionable historic fads, such as ethnographic […]

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