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2023

Weeks 9–10: Voice

Recent years have seen an immense increase in analytical approaches to the voice in popular music. We’ll study the voice from a few different analytical lenses. Readings: Malawey (2020), Duguay (2022), Cheng (2018), Hardman (2022).

Recent years have seen an immense increase in analytical approaches to the voice in popular music. We’ll study the voice from a few different analytical lenses.

March 23

Readings due Thursday before class

  • (Andrew discussion leading)
  • (Rita discussion leading). You can skim section 2, focusing on its last couple paragraphs (the ones with subheaders “Issue 1” and “Issue 2”).

Writing due Sunday at noon

Analyze some part of the vocals of “you should see me in a crown” by Billie Eilish (2018). Your work should be inspired by Duguay and Malawey but doesn’t need to strictly adhere (especially in Duguay’s case, since she uses a lot of special software). I have provided .mp3 files of the original and of an isolated vocal track I created using Izotope RX (as suggested by Duguay) on Teams. Write 250–500 words on your findings.


March 30

Readings due Thursday before class

  • (Yue discussion leading)

Special guest! Kristi Hardman will join to talk more about using music information retrieval (MIR) technology to analyze music.

Writing due Sunday at noon

None!


Bibliography

Readings are either in the Readings folder or are available online through the library (or both!).

Cheng, William. 2018. “So You’ve Been Musically Shamed.” Journal of Popular Music Studies 31 (3): 36.
Duguay, Michèle. 2022. “Analyzing Vocal Placement in Recorded Virtual Space.” Music Theory Online 28 (4). https://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.22.28.4/mto.22.28.4.duguay.html.
Hardman, Kristi. 2022. “The Continua of Sound Qualities for Tanya Tagaq’s Katajjaq Sounds.” In Trends in World Music Analysis: New Directions in World Music Analysis, edited by Lawrence Beaumont Shuster, Somangshu Mukherji, and Noé Dinnerstein, 85–99. Milton: Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003033080.
Malawey, Victoria. 2020. “Pitch.” In A Blaze of Light in Every Word: Analyzing the Popular Singing Voice, 31–68. Oxford Studies in Music Theory. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.