Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Studying the validity of changes in choral formation to influence overall sound: A small-scale study using spectrographic analysis
by Ushino, Michael, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 63; 1523195
Abstract (Summary)

The art of western choral music has evolved over the past millennia with various traditions, including standing arrangements, having been passed down through the generations. More recently, differing methodologies of seating arrangements for choral singers have led to studies into the processes used by choral conductors to create the ideal choral sound in performance. In the past century, the advancements in mathematics and in technology have led to the development of spectrographic analysis, which allows the human speaking and singing voice to be objectively analyzed.

This study will use spectrographic analysis to examine the differences between different formations of singers to determine the effect of changing the standing arrangement of choral singers. The singers, in groups of three, are recorded in different configurations of line and triangular formations and evaluated using spectrographic analysis. These analyses include the power spectrum, long-term average spectra, linear predictive coding graph and the vowel formation display. This study shoes that a triangular formation yields some benefits that allow singers to match vowels better in certain situations compared to a linear formation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Talberg, Jonathan
Commitee: Doyle, Alicia, Herman, Martin, Rundus, Katharin
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Music education
Publication Number: 1523195
ISBN: 978-1-303-20484-5
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