InterSinging 2010
First Interdisciplinary Workshop on Singing Voice

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

Para-Linguistic Mechanisms of Production in Human "Beatboxing": a Real-time Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study

Michael I. Proctor (1,2), Shrikanth Narayanan (1,2), Krishna Nayak (1)

(1) Viterbi School of Engineering; (2) Department of Linguistics; University of Southern California, USA

Real-Time Magnetic Resonance Imaging was used to examine mechanisms of sound production in an American male beatbox artist. The subject's repertoire was found to include percussive elements generated using a wide range of articu- latory con&# 12;gurations, and three of the four airstream mechanisms normally ob- served in human speech production: pulmonic egressive, glottalic egressive, and lingual ingressive. In addition, pulmonic ingressive production were observed, which appears to be used strategically as a means of managing breathing during extended beatbox performance. The data offer insights into the paralinguistic use of articulatory gestures, and the ways in which they are coordinated in musical performance.

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Bibliographic reference.  Proctor, Michael I. / Narayanan, Shrikanth / Nayak, Krishna (2010): "Para-linguistic mechanisms of production in human "beatboxing": a real-time magnetic resonance imaging study", In InterSinging-2010, 23-28.