13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

Voice Production Mechanisms of Vibrato in Noh

Ikuyo Yoshinaga (1), Jiangping Kong (1,2)

(1) Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University, China
(2) Center for Chinese Linguistics, Peking University, China

Vibrato used in Noh play was investigated using electroglottographic and acoustical analyses. Laryngeal movements were successfully obtained from the EGG signal and its derivative in order to study how the peculiar and expressive voice qualities were produced during vibrato. The slow wide vibrato of Noh was achieved not only by the F0 modulation but also by changing the degree of constriction at the vocal folds and the supraglottal structures. These complicated movements at the end of the resonator seemed to add color and variety to the voice quality, and produce an extremely unique vibrato.

Index Terms: vibrato, Noh, supraglottal constriction

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Yoshinaga, Ikuyo / Kong, Jiangping (2012): "Voice production mechanisms of vibrato in Noh", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 2025-2028.