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Emotional scales: A study of voice source, long-term-average spectrum and expert listeners' assessments

Time: Fri 2019-03-22 15.15

Location: Fantum (Lindstedtsvägen 24, floor 5, room no. 522)

Lecturer: Johan Sundberg

Three internationally highly experienced male operatic singers agreed to
sing scales in ten different emotional colours. The recordings were
analyzed with regard to long-term-average spectrum (LTAS) and with
regard to voice source by inverse filtering. Also, expert listeners
attempted to identify the intended emotion in a forced choice test, even
though with limited success; identification of groups of emotions was
more successful. Vocal loudness has a great effect on all LTAS and voice
source parameters. After controlling for this effect, some LTAS
parameters still showed correlation with voice source properties.