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Title: The spectral impact of the hypopharyngeal cavities on the singing voice
Author: Delvaux, Bertrand
ISNI:       0000 0004 5348 8556
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis investigates how the morphological features of the lower vocal tract impact the singing voice of professional singers. Within the limitations of the source-filter theory, the resonances of the vocal tract are investigated, first under the lens of theoretical predictions for one tube, then with numerical and experimental results of a series of vocal tract models, and eventually with MRI-based vocal tracts measured for a group of professional solo singers. The method used is a comparison between theoretical predictions, numerical simulations (Finite Volume Method and Finite Element Method) and experimental results (measurement of MRI-based 3D-printed vocal tracts). The results suggest a strong and explainable correlation between the morphological dimensions of the hypopharyngeal cavities and the vallecula and the voice classification of an individual singer.
Supervisor: Howard, David Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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