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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Ecstatic Female Voice: Discovering Happiness, Agency, and Artistic Identity
by Cardwell, Emily L., M.F.A., Mills College, 2019, 44; 27669894
Abstract (Summary)

In this thesis I will attempt to define the psychological and physiological effects of music on the brain that keep me coming back to singing — the "ecstatic voice." It is a transcendental belonging, a meditative melodic trance, a cathartic tension and release. Through self-reflection, research, and learning through interviews, my purpose in defining the ecstatic voice is not only to understand an aspect of my own artistic practice and experience, but also to shed light on how singing can be an important element in mental health, artist activism, spiritual connection, and bridging the known and unknown.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sonami, Laetitia, Bernstein, David
Commitee: Fei, James, Bischoff, John, Ghuman, Nalini, Reid, Tomeka, Parkins, Zeena
School: Mills College
Department: Music - Electronic Music and Recording Media
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/10(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Performing Arts, Neurosciences
Keywords: Electronic music, Flow, Singing, Spirituality, Transcendence, Voice
Publication Number: 27669894
ISBN: 9798641838434
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