Vocal Manipulation & Mediation

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Vocal Manipulation & Mediation

Fall 2020

Taught By: Virginia Dellenbaugh

Section: A

CRN: 8818

Credits: 4

This course will explore the potential of the human voice as a flexible instrument in historical, cultural, musical, and physiological terms. The once-celebrated castrato voice, described as “the sound of angels” and “curiously disembodied,” expressed the ambiguous gender of children's voices through a timbre incorporating both male and female qualities. In a technological attempt to recreate the voice of the most famous castrato for the 1994 film “Farinelli,” sound engineers blended the voice of a coloratura and a countertenor to approximate its unusual beauty. As a performance practice, the Onnagata of the Kabuki tradition also reveal shifting cultural norms around gender and identity, while today the disembodied voice takes on a new orientation through computers and animation. We will study how the voice can be trained and modified, highlighting a number of case studies of vocal manipulation through history and across cultures. Through this study we can develop innovative ways to expand our understanding of the voice for performance and research.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:55am 2/27/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/16/2020