Fifth International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA 2007)

Florence, Italy
December 13-15, 2007

Objective Analysis of the Singing Voice as Related to Singer Posture

T. Sangiorgi (1), L. Mazzei (2), F. Felici (2), S. Lapi (1), G. Testi (1), Claudia Manfredi (1), Piero Bruscaglioni (3)

(1) Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy
(2) Fiesole School of Music, Fiesole, Firenze, Italy
(3) Department of Physics, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Firenze, Italy

This paper deals with objective analysis of the singing voice, and aims at giving non-professional singers both an aid to improve their voice capabilities and a criterion to prevent a wrong vocal attitude (head, neck, and body posture) that could even cause vocal pathologies.
  A new standalone application with a user-friendly interface is proposed, for robust and reliable analysis of singing voice characteristics. The tool performs tracking of fundamental frequency and formants, along with an objective measure of main singing voice parameters, such as vibrato rate (V_rate), vibrato extent (V_ext), and vocal intonation (V_int). A sideview camera allows displaying and recording the singer’s posture.
  Data are collected at the School of Music in Fiesole, Firenze, Italy, under the supervision of a voice teacher and a teacher of Alexander Technique (AT). First results are presented to compare some vocalizations coming both from professional and non-professional singers under different singer’s postures.
Index Terms. objective voice parameters estimation, singing voice, Alexander Technique

Full Paper (reprinted with permission from Firenze University Press)

Bibliographic reference.  Sangiorgi, T. / Mazzei, L. / Felici, F. / Lapi, S. / Testi, G. / Manfredi, Claudia / Bruscaglioni, Piero (2007): "Objective analysis of the singing voice as related to singer posture", In MAVEBA-2007, 231-234.