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Journal Articles Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology Year : 2009

Noh voice quality


In Noh, a traditional performing art of Japan, extremely expressive voice quality is used to convey an emotional message. Aperiodicity of voice appears responsible for these special effects. Acoustic signals were recorded for selected portions of dramatic singing in order to study the acoustic effects of delicate voice control by a master of the Konparu school. Using a signal analysis-synthesis algorithm, TANDEM-STRAIGHT, to represent multiple candidates for pitch perception, signals deviating from the harmonic structure have been successfully displayed, corresponding to auditory impressions of pitch movements, even when narrow-band spectrograms failed to show the perceived events. Strong interaction between vocal tract resonance and vocal fold vibration seems to play a major role in producing these expressive voice qualities.
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halshs-00687194 , version 1 (12-04-2012)


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Osamu Fujimura, Kiyoshi Honda, Kawahara Hideki, Konparu Yasuyuki, Morise Masanori, et al.. Noh voice quality. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 2009, 4, pp.1-14. ⟨halshs-00687194⟩
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