4 Oct 2012

The Voice Box (Part 1)

From Appointment, 7:00 pm on 4 October 2012
Crying baby

Crying baby Photo: Memekode CC by 2.0

Have you ever wondered why singing Happy Birthday can feel so awkward, what babies have in common with monkeys and how you know I am smiling even though you can’t see my face?

In Part One Clarissa explains how the voice works from our baby babblings to the effect puberty and sexual intimacy has on our sound; demonstrates the extremes of range from the crackling growl of vocal fry to the piercing whistle register; reveals some of the mysteries and bad habits of vibrato; and delves into the effect of emotion on the voice.

Listen to the highest vocal note ever recorded C#8 (even a grand piano doesn’t stretch that high) and hear sound bites from a broad variety of artists including Tom Waits, Edita Gruberova, Britney Spears, Russian oktavists, Mariah Carey, death metal band Iniquity, Britney Spears and even Cookie Monster.