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

Time: Fri 2019-03-22 15.15

Lecturer: Johan Sundberg

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

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.