Speech Prosody 2004

Nara, Japan
March 23-26, 2004

Variability of Vibrato - A Comparative Study between Japanese Traditional Singing and Bel Canto -

Kenji Kojima (1), Masuzo Yanagida (1), Ichiro Nakayama (2)

(1) Department of Knowledge Engineering, Doshisha University, Japan
(2) Department of Musicology, Osaka University of Arts

Several styles of vibrato are investigated, comparing those of Japanese traditional singing with western bel canto from viewpoints of stationarity, depth, rate, build-up time, and synchronization between F0 and power. Analyzed as Japanese traditional singing are Noh, Kyogen, Heikyoku(Biwa), Shomyo, Kabuki and Nagauta. Singers of Japanese traditional singing include living national treasures. Data are taken from a CD database edited by Nakayama, the last author of this report.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kojima, Kenji / Yanagida, Masuzo / Nakayama, Ichiro (2004): "Variability of vibrato - a comparative study between Japanese traditional singing and bel canto -", In SP-2004, 151-154.