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A Blaze of Light in Every Word: Analyzing the Popular Singing Voice

Victoria Malawey


A Blaze of Light in Every Word presents a conceptual model for analyzing vocal delivery in popular song recordings focused on three overlapping areas of inquiry: pitch, prosody, and quality. The domain of pitch, which refers to listeners’ perceptions of frequency, considers range, tessitura, intonation, and registration. Prosody, the pacing and flow of delivery, comprises phrasing, metric placement, motility, embellishment, and consonantal articulation. Qualitative elements include timbre, phonation, onset, resonance, clarity, paralinguistic effects, and loudness. Intersecting all three domain ... More

Keywords: voice, vocality, popular music, analysis, singing, pitch, quality, prosody, timbre, technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190052201
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190052201.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria Malawey, author
Associate Professor of Music, Macalester College

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