This Community is now actually 'open for business'
Date: October 1, 2010
Before and since this Community was established, the establisher (Leon Thurman) has been through an array of accidents, illnesses, unemployment, starting up a business (The Leon Thurman Voice Center, www.leonthurman.com) and other such malevolent and rewarding experiences. But now, I'm back and would like to notify the 82 people who've joined this community that I'd like all of us to do some serious and sometimes hilarious sharings, exchanges, and debates--all for the purpose of personal wondering, learning, and becoming even more effective as 'expressers' and leaders of 'expressers' than we already are.
I've placed in the Library a PDF copy of a paper that was presented at the Second International Conference on the Physiology and Acoustics of Singing. The conference was held on October 7 - 9, 2004, in Denver, Colorado, and was hosted by the National Center for Voice and Speech. The subject of the paper (vocal registers) was controversial at the conference, as was the paper itself. Its four authors have a reputation for thoughtfulness, and for thinking and acting outside conventional boxes. So, look out! Widely accepted vocal concepts, terminologies, and practices will be challenged!
The subject of registers, and this paper, were controversial at the PAS2 conference because there are so many conflicting register concepts, terminologies, and practices. The paper, however, cites scientifically derived findings about vocal anatomy and function (physiology and acoustics) that provide enough information to construct a science-based explanation (theory) for what actually happens when register phenomena occur in human voices. That knowledge provides an explanation of nearly all the varied beliefs about registers and It points vocal practitioners toward terminologies and teaching methods that much more readily match with actual vocal function.
Not all of the relevant and needed scientifically derived information about vocal registers is 'in,' yet. That's how theories become valuable and useful. Theories fill in the missing knowledge gaps that are then subject to verification, alteration, or rejection by subsequent research. This paper's authors, however, believe it presents a substantially different but much more complete and useful understanding of what registers are and how that information can help choral conductors, singing teachers, and music educators do their jobs more effectively and result in more and more people learning to sing more skillfully and expressively.
The paper's title is: Addressing Register Discrepancies: A Science-Based Theory of Vocal Register Phenomena. It's long...but then, did you think we human beings were 'simple' creatures? Wait'll you read about 'register musicals' such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Registers and Les Registerable, or 'register dramas' such as The Register Menagerie.
For anybody who reads it, just read a portion at a time. You might scroll through it and begin by reading the theory itself, first. It's a thought. But please, ask Qs, make comments and suggestions, take a swing at the authors, whatever, in the Community's Forum. It's time to get down with vocal registers!