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Voice Science Popups

Popup Voice Science Coffee Breaks

A series of informal online seminars in the spring and summer of 2021 (Round 2)

Our KTH Popup Voice Science Coffee Breaks are held on Thursdays at 15.30-17.00 (Stockholm/Berlin/Rome), using Zoom. Since the pandemic has not yet abated, we will carry on doing this on Thursdays, until the conferences return to normal. For the benefit of those who are not able to attend in real time, the entire sessions are recorded and posted on this Popups web page.

After the Xmas break, we will start the 2021 season with a KTH Popup on the science of voices, plural, that is on vocal ensembles and their sounds.

PVSCB #8 14 January, 2021
- Sara D’Amario, now at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. Synchronization in vocal ensembles – the roles of visual contact, leadership and of evolution across rehearsals. An overview of Dr. D’Amario’s recent thesis, at York.
- Polina Proutskova, Centre 4 Digital Music, Queen Mary Univ. of London. Open questions in tonality perception and construction in non-Western vocal music. There will also be a short presentation of choir-related work in the group at C4DM.
- Helena Daffern, director of York Centre for Singing Science/Audio Lab, Univ. of York, UK. Doing research with Virtual Reality vocal ensembles.

To join, just to listen in and discuss, please send us an e-mail , and we will send you the link to the upcoming Zoom session. Or, you may send us a title and three-line abstract in advance, for one presentation that you would like to run from your own computer and share. Instructions for submitting are given below.

We curate the submitted contributions and compose a programme of 2-3 presentations, on a coherent theme if possible. These presentations do not count as publications and there will be no proceedings. However, the entire sessions are recorded and posted on this web page, for the benefit of those who were not able to attend in real time.

You can of course share a webcam with your lab mates! There is a gently moderated discussion between presentations. Zoom allows you also to text-chat during the meeting to the whole audience, or individually to any selected participants. There is no charge, and you will need to bring your own coffee.


Sten Ternström and colleagues
Speech, Music & Hearing
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden

No later than the preceding Tuesday, send an e-mail to  with the text Popups-2021 in the subject line. Attach to this e-mail a text or word document named for the presenter, and containing ONLY the title and very short abstract – NOT a slideshow file – for one presentation of no more than 20 minutes, or as agreed with us. Be sure to include your e-mail address as well. You will be running the actual slideshow on your own computer, and sharing your screen to the meeting. We will contact you to let you know whether or not your presentation has been selected for the next meeting.

Recordings of Round 1

PVSCB #1   April 16, 2020 on the World Voice Day

  • Johan Sundberg: The Charm of the Nose and The Charm of the Fundamental (2 presentations)
  • Filipa Lã: A systematic review with a meta-analysis of effects of the menopause
  • Sten Ternström and Peter Pabon: Accounting for variability over the voice range

PVSCB #2  April 23, 2020

  • Jan Švec: Remembering Donald Miller and his scientific contribution to the Myoelastic-Aerodynamic Theory of Phonation
  • Philipp Aichinger: Modulation of pulse times and magnitudes of partial glottal area waveforms of diplophonic voices.
  • Malte Kob: Impact of historic recording devices on singing voice

PVSCB #3  May 7, 2020

  • Nathalie Henrich Bernardoni: Human Beatboxing : an amazing vocal art
  • David Howard: Creating an Egyptian Mummy’s vowel

PVSCB #4   May 14, 2020 

  • Bernhard Richter: Beat-boxing, part II - Behind the scenes: dynamic MRI sequences of beat-box gestures
  • Johan Sundberg, with Anna Maria Hefele and Björn Lindblom: Behind the scenes II: Voice Source and Articulation of Overtone Singing.

PVSCB #5  May 28, 2020

  • Round Table on Electroglottography. Updates on and experiences with the EGG. Participants: Arnela, D’Amario, Granqvist, Henrich Bernardoni, Iwarsson, Lehoux, Pabon, Patel, Schoentgen, Švec and moderator Ternström.

PVSCB #6  June 4, 2020

  • Jean Schoentgen: Joint estimation of the frequencies of jitter, flutter & tremor in vowels sustained by normophonic, control and Parkinson speakers.
  • Marc Arnela: Finite element simulation of diphthongs using MRI-based vocal tracts.

PVSCB #7  June 25, 2020

  • Bernhard Richter: Risk Assessment of a Coronavirus Infection in the Field of Music
  • Meike Brockmann-Bauser: Effects of fundamental frequency, voice intensity, sample duration and syllable stress on Smoothed Cepstral Peak Prominence in connected speech vowels of pathological voices.
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