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Sopranos' secondo passagio: a resonance adjustment andor a laryngeal transition to the whistle voice.
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PMID:  18530237     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
How are glottal source and vocal tract involved in the sopranos' passagio around E5? This pilot study investigates a legit soprano singing C5 to C6 with a lyrical technique and C5 to D7 in a "light" voice. On (de)crescendi and glissandi over the passagio, we observed clear bifurcations from "light" to lyrical mode, with discontinuous changes in f0, larynx vertical position, amplitude and shape of the electroglottographic signal. No such discontinuities occurred from C5 to D7 within the "light" mode. We established phonetograms of both modes and characterised differences in voice quality (Spectrum, Harmonicity, Open quotient). For [oe] in both modes, this singer tunes the first vocal tract resonance (R1) to f0 over the passagio. For a free vowel, a single and strong resonance is observed in the "light" mode, which may correspond to the merging of R1 and R2 and which is tuned to 2 f0 below C6, then to f0 until F6. Above F#6, two resonances are observed again and R2 is tuned to f0. All these observations suggest that, for this singer, the secondo passagio may correspond to both a resonance adjustment and a transition from the second laryngeal mechanism to the third, also called whistle voice.
Maeva Garnier; Nathalie Henrich; John Smith; Joe Wolfe
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  123     ISSN:  1520-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
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Created Date:  2008-06-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3243     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of New South Wales, Music Acoustics, School of Physics, NSW 2052 Sydney, Australia,
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