Microtone Analysis of Blues Vocal: Can Hatsune-Miku sing the Blues?
2014 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Microtone, Blues, Sound signal analysis, 12-tone scale, Vocal synthesizer
Research subject Musicology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-234409OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-234409DiVA: diva2:756608
13th annual international conference “NICOGRAPH International 2014”, 30 May - 1 June 2014, Visby, Sweden
Microtone music is made up of intervals not found in the Western equal-tempered 12-tone scale. This paper describes an attempt to analyze blues vocals originated in US during the early twentieth century and to then represent the vocal line electronically based on this analysis. We have used recordings from the famous blues singer Robert Johnson from 1936 and 1937 and have measured the frequency of his vocal line to determine the difference between the result and the 12-tone scale. By doing so we have obtained the musical notation in microtones. We were then able to re-create the vocals by using a digital sound generator in an attempt to produce a precise replica of the original vocal line. Our final goal is to explore how microtonal singing may evoke ethnic sounding music and corresponding emotional responses in listeners. In addition, we aim to open up the field of synthesized vocal music such as "Hatsune-Miku" towards the worldwide ethnic music beyond the Western 12-tone music.2014-10-172014-10-172014-10-29Bibliographically approved