Sing a Little Song #450
December 01, 2017
How do we talk? And how do we sing? Most of us walk around making sound all day without any real idea of how we do it. We'll speak with vocologist Ingo Titze about how the human voice sings, the parts of a human singing voice, and more. We'll also speak with Tecumseh Fitch about why we talk... but monkeys don't. The reason? They've got the voice, but not the brains. We've even got some creepy recordings.
- Ingo's tips for tired voices: grab a straw!
- A reflex resonance model of vocal vibrato in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- Adapted to Roar: Functional Morphology of Tiger and Lion Vocal Folds in PLOS One
- Monkeys have vocal tools, but not brains, to talk like humans, on Science News
- Monkey vocal tracts are speech-ready, at Science Advances
- Ingo Titze
- Tecumseh Fitch
Ingo Titze is a University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the School of Music. He also directs the National Center for Voice and Speech, which is located at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and The University of Iowa. Although he was formally educated as a physicist (Ph.D.) and engineer (M.S.E.E.), Dr. Titze has applied his scientific knowledge to a lifelong love of clinical voice and vocal music. Specifically, his research interests include biomechanics of human tissues, acoustic phonetics, speech science, voice disorders, professional voice production, musical acoustics, and the computer simulation of voice.
Tecumseh Fitch is an evolutionary biologist and cognitive scientist. He is Professor of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna. Fitch's interests include bioacoustics and biolinguistics, specifically the evolution of speech, language and music.
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