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Resonatory Properties in Professional Tenors Singing Above the Passaggio
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Music Acoustics. University College of Music Education, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2016 (English)In: Acta Acoustica united with Acustica, ISSN 1610-1928, E-ISSN 1861-9959, Vol. 102, no 2, 298-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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Introduction: The question of formant tuning in male professional voices has been a matter of discussion for many years. Material and Methods: In this study four very successful Western classically trained tenors of different repertoire were analysed. They sang a scale on the vowel conditions /a,e,i,o,u/ from the pitch C4 (250 Hz) to A4 (440 Hz) in their stage voice avoiding a register shift to falsetto. Formant frequencies were calculated from inverse filtering of the audio signal and from two-dimensional MRI data. Results: Both estimations showed only for vowel conditions with low first formant (F1) a tuning F1 adjusted to the first harmonic. For other vowel conditions, however, no clear systematic formant tuning was observed. Conclusion: For most vowel conditions the data are not able to support the hypothesis of a systematic formant tuning for professional classically trained tenors.

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2016. Vol. 102, no 2, 298-306 p.
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Vocal-Tract Configurations, Formant Tuning Strategies, Falsetto Registers, Singers, Resonance, Frequencies, Phonation, Acoustics
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Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-185368DOI: 10.3813/AAA.918945ISI: 000372478500010ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84961564476OAI: diva2:921248

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