Even before we are born we learn to recognise speech patterns and the aural characteristics of voices. The voice is somehow inherenetly unique as an acoustic system, both in its production and its perception. In this module you will consider the voice as a complex system with numerous applications across music and audio technology: from phonetics and physiology, to voice acoustics and singing voice analysis. You will learn about the many different and complex elements of the speech chain which are necessary for understanding and approaching voice related problems connected to speech processing, synthesis, and music production.
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Subject content aims:
To introduce students to voice production in terms of both physiological processes and acoustic output, analysis methods and synthesis techniques
To illustrate through demonstrations and practical sessions current analysis techniques, including analysis of the acoustic and electrolaryngograph waveform
To provide a fluent understanding of phonetics and phonetic descriptors to enable students to describe vocal sounds
To explore methods of voice synthesis including using Pure Data, identifying limitations and potential improvements to the systems being implemented
Graduate skills aims:
To develop skills in critically evaluating and synthesising new information based on researched information and writing concise technical reports appropriate for the target audience
To develop advanced skills in designing, delivering and defending engaging presentations on advanced topics, appropriate for the target audience
Subject content learning outcomes
After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
Graduate skills learning outcomes
After successful completion of this module, students will:
The presentations are weighted at 25% of the total mark and are 15 minutes long. Those students choosing to do the project have the outcomes of the project weighted at 40% with a four-page technical report weighted at 35%. Those choosing to do the research paper have a six-page paper weighted at 75%.
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Voice Analysis Research Paper or Project Technical Report
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Sundberg, Johan, The Science of the Singing Voice Northern Illinois University Press, Illinois 1987
Howard and Angus (2006). Acoustics and Psychoacoustics. Focal Press Oxford ISBN-10: 0-240-51995-7
Puckette, Miller Smith (2007). The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music. World Scientific, Singapore. ISBN 978-981-270-541-9