Third International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA 2003)

Florence, Italy
December 10-12, 2003

Towards a Novel Real-Time Visual Display for Singing Training

David M. Howard (1), Graham F. Welch (2), Jude Brereton (1), Evangelos Himonides (2)

(1) Media Engineering Research Group, Department of Electronics, University of York, UK
(2) School of Arts and Humanities, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

Real-time visual displays have found application to be tested as part of a recently funded pilot project to investigate the usefulness or otherwise of computer displays in the singing studio. Following previous work that suggests that simple displays of a small number of analysis parameters are generally the most effective, the system makes available analyses plotted against time that relate to: pitch, spectral ratio, larynx closed quotient and vocal tract area. These can be viewed singly, multiply or in combination. The algorithms used will be described as well as previous analysis experiments that indicate their potential usefulness. A number of example output screens will be illustrated to indicate how users interact with the system. The on-going testing paradigm will also be described which is designed to establish whether or not displays such as these can be used in the singing studio to any useful advantage.

Index Terms. visual displays, singing, vocal tract display

Full Paper (reprinted with permission from Firenze University Press)

Bibliographic reference.  Howard, David M. / Welch, Graham F. / Brereton, Jude / Himonides, Evangelos (2003): "Towards a novel real-time visual display for singing training", In MAVEBA-2003, 179-182.