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Les apports des Bell Labs à l’ingénierie de la voix (chantée)

Abstract : Whereas in "art" and "traditional" music, the agility of the voice and the mastery of the vocal tract are emphasized, in "popular" music, sound engineering can take the lead, overshadowing the vocal virtuosity of the interpreter. We suggest to study here three technologies with contributions to music. All were developed and patented by the Bell Labs: The artificial larynx (and its derivatives, Sonovox and Talkbox), the vocoder and speech synthesis. After a presentation of the source-filter theory, vital to these innovations, the principle of these three technologies is explained. A brief history is outlined and is complemented by examples of films and musical compositions depicting these processes. In the light of these elements, we conclude: Sound engineering, and in particular the modification of voice sonority, has become an essential component in the process of pop music artistic creation.
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Coralie Vincent. Les apports des Bell Labs à l’ingénierie de la voix (chantée). Revue de Laryngologie Otologie Rhinologie, Revue de Laryngologie, 2015, 136 (5), pp.193-196. ⟨hal-01473594⟩



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