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Harmony and its Role in Human Evolution

Nicholas Bannan (ed.)

in Music, Language, and Human Evolution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199227341
eISBN:
9780191804274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227341.003.0012
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the role of harmony in human evolution. It provides a commentary on the historical and interdisciplinary emergence of the view on the possible link between singing and language ... More


Timbre and Legal Likeness: The Case of Tom Waits

Mark C. Samples

in The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780199985227
eISBN:
9780190908027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199985227.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

In 1988, singer-songwriter Tom Waits sued Frito-Lay for using an impersonation of his voice in a Doritos commercial, an act that flagrantly contradicted his anticommercial persona as an artist. The ... More


Pop Music, Non-Western European Vocal Styles, and Efficient Vocal Function

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0037
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers popular music in relation to non-Western European vocal style and vocal function. Much of Western art owes its characteristics to a commitment to beauty, strength, and health ... More


The Duppy in the Machine: Voice and Technology in Jamaican Popular Music

Andrew F. Jones

in The Voice as Something More: Essays toward Materiality

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780226656397
eISBN:
9780226656427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226656427.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter examines the electronic mediation of the human voice in Jamaican popular music. The manipulation of vocal timbre and pitch in studio production since the 1970s, and through the software ... More


“The Triumph of Jimmy Scott”: A Voice beyond Category

Nina Sun Eidsheim

in The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780199985227
eISBN:
9780190908027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199985227.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

Jazz singer Jimmy Scott’s ambiguously gendered voice became the stuff of legend and was reviled by some and revered by many. His singular vocal timbre fell in a liminal space between black and white, ... More


The Gilda-in-the-Sack School of Singing

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0041
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter comments on the tendency of some singers to produce one constant volume of tone when singing, with no variation of timbre throughout an aria or an evening. “Softness,” a vocal timbre not ... More


The Choral Conductor as Teacher of Vocal Technique

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0019
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers how the choral conductor should teach vocal technique. Choral music is vocal music. The most efficient vocalism, whether from the solo singer or from the chorister, produces ... More


Feeling, Hearing, and Seeing the Voice

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0089
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the three proprioceptive devices by which the vocal instrument is trained: feeling, hearing, and seeing. Singers are sometimes told that they cannot hear themselves sing. This ... More


Covering in the Singing Voice

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter discusses the notion of covering in the singing voice. It first considers what “covering” may mean in the several languages and pedagogical traditions in which the term appears and how ... More


Auto-Tune, Labor, and the Pop-Music Voice

Catherine Provenzano

in The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780199985227
eISBN:
9780190908027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199985227.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

Long used in popular music to smooth vocal imperfections, Auto-Tune has become a much-discussed production tool since the early 2000s through artists including Cher, Daft Punk, and Kanye West. This ... More


The Incorrupt Jaw and Tongue of Saint Anthony of Padua

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0087
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter focuses on the “incorrupt jaw and tongue” of St. Anthony of Padua, known for his legendary ability to use vocal timbres and histrionics in preaching. Thousands of devout pilgrims come to ... More


How Big Is the Big Sound?

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0088
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter examines whether a big voice is necessary in singing. It argues that techniques for supposedly enlarging the singing voice are counterproductive, because they upset the relationships ... More


The Effect of Tongue Position on Spectra in Singing

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0085
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter discusses the effect of tongue position on the singing voice. Attached to the hyoid bone, the tongue extends forward to the lips, thus occupying nearly the entire vocal tract (chief ... More


Words or Sentences? Notes or Phrases?

Richard Miller

in On the Art of Singing

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195098259
eISBN:
9780190268374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195098259.003.0033
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter considers the correspondence between the role of words and sentences in spoken language and of notes and phrases in singing. A word, or even a syllable, may last several seconds during ... More


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