Acoustic Analysis of Voice Quality in Iron Maiden’s Songs

Alexsandro Meireles, Beatriz Raposo de Medeiros


This paper studies the voice quality in high-pitched registers of Iron Maiden’s songs. The f0 range varied from 298 to 998 Hz. Three Iron Maiden’s songs were selected for analysis: Flight of Icarus, Run to the Hills, and The Number of the Beast. Two very high-register excerpts were selected from these songs, so as to verify Bruce Dickinson’s vocal strategies to sing. The acoustic analyses were run with the software VoiceSauce [13] that automatically extracted thirteen parameters of long-term measures (H1*, H1*H2*, H1*A3*, CPP, Energy, HNR5, HNR15, HNR25, HNR35, F1, F2, B1, B2), and Praat [24]. Results indicate that twelve voice quality parameters were capable of discriminating two broad categories of voice quality: “pre-scream” and “scream”. The only parameter that was not consistent for this discrimination was CPP.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-4

Cite as: Meireles, A., Raposo de Medeiros, B. (2018) Acoustic Analysis of Voice Quality in Iron Maiden’s Songs. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 20-24, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-4.


@inproceedings{Meireles2018,
  author={Alexsandro Meireles and Beatriz {Raposo de Medeiros}},
  title={Acoustic Analysis of Voice Quality in Iron Maiden’s Songs},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={20--24},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-4},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-4}
}