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The Workings and Acoustics of Human Voice Production

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19:30 – 21:00 15 Jan 2019
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Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury, U.K., SP5 3AL

Speaker: Prof. David Howard FREng, Royal Holloway

Our speaking and singing voices are something most of us take for
granted until they no longer function as we expect. This lecture will
explore how they work and the nature of the acoustic output and how it
varies to enable the perception of spoken messages and solo and choral sung

Some findings on voice development in girl choristers will be
presented along with current work with David's Vocal Tract Organ (a true
Vox Humana organ stop) which makes use of 3-D printed vocal tracts of
individual speakers or singers, including one who would now be over 3,000
years old! If you have any interest in speech, or solo/choral singing there
will be something for you; all scientific descriptions will be kept simple
with a number of listening examples being provided to illustrate concepts

David Howard is the Founding Head of the brand new Department of
Electronic Engineering at Royal Holloway, University of London (first
student entry was in 2017). He researches human voice production as an
electronic engineer who is also an organist (St. Mary's Thorpe) and choir
director (Feltham Choral). He served as an international judge for the
Croatian National Choral Festival in May 2018, presented on the BBC4 TV
progammes 'Voice' and 'Castrato' (the latter involved creating an
electronic castrato rendering of Handel's Ombra mai fu).

Contact: djw_iop@hotmail.com

 Venue information:

  • Wheelchair access
  • Car park
  • Coffee and Tea from 19:00

Image: ©DGuendel (Wikimedai Commons)

Organised by: IOP South West Branch

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Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury, U.K., SP5 3AL
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19:30 – 21:00 15 Jan 2019

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