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What do male singers mean by modal and falsetto register? An investigation of the glottal voice source
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH. Pontifical Catholic Univ, Brazil.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1495-7773
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Music Acoustics.
2009 (English)In: Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology, ISSN 1401-5439, E-ISSN 1651-2022, ISSN 1401-5439, Vol. 34, no 2, 73-83 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The voice source differs between modal and falsetto registers, but singers often try to reduce the associated timbral differences, some even doubting that there are any. A total of 54 vowel sounds sung in falsetto and modal register by 13 male more or less experienced choir singers were analyzed by inverse filtering and electroglottography. Closed quotient, maximum flow declination rate, peak-to-peak airflow amplitude, normalized amplitude quotient, and level difference between the two lowest source spectrum partials were determined, and systematic differences were found in all singers, regardless of experience of singing. The observations seem compatible with previous observations of thicker vocal folds in modal register.

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Taylor & Francis, 2009. Vol. 34, no 2, 73-83 p.
Keyword [en]
flow glottogram, inverse filtering, voice acoustics, voice quality, voice perception
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Signal Processing Language Technology (Computational Linguistics) Music
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Speech and Music Communication
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-32654DOI: 10.1080/14015430902879918ISI: 000268577700004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-68449104759OAI: diva2:411382

QC 20110418. QC 20160222

Available from: 2011-04-18 Created: 2011-04-18 Last updated: 2016-02-22Bibliographically approved

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