InterSinging 2010
First Interdisciplinary Workshop on Singing Voice

The University of Tokyo, Japan
October 1-2, 2010

Vocal Fold Vibration in Vocal Expression of Sadness: Lamenting, Speaking and Singing

Margarita Mazo (1), Ken-ichi Sakakibara (2), Hiroshi Imagawa (3), Niro Tayama (3), Donna Erickson (4)

(1) School of Music at The Ohio State University, USA; (2) Health Sciences University of Hokkaido, Japan; (3) University of Tokyo, Japan; (5) Showa Music University, Japan

Russian lament is a vocal form used by village women to express grief that can be either spontaneous or ritualistic. The purpose of this study is to examine the patterns of vocal fold vibration as observed from high speed imaging during singing, speaking and lamenting. It was found that for lamenting, compared with singing or speaking, the vocal folds are (1) longer and thinner, (2) more tense and (3) less periodic. These observations are accompanied by (1) higher F0, (2) smaller H1-A3 values, and (3) more acoustic instability. More work is needed with additional speakers to con&# 12;rm these &# 12;ndings.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Mazo, Margarita / Sakakibara, Ken-ichi / Imagawa, Hiroshi / Tayama, Niro / Erickson, Donna (2010): "Vocal fold vibration in vocal expression of sadness: lamenting, speaking and singing", In InterSinging-2010, 15-22.