9 October 2018
Time: 10:00 - 11:00am
Venue: Bancroft G07
Adib Mehrabi, our phonetics lab manager, will present:
Beyond speech: on vocal imitation of synthesised sounds and musical instruments
Music practitioners often express sonic ideas and concepts using non-verbal vocalisations, but very little research exists on how accurately people can vocalise musical sounds, or how effectively sonic ideas may be communicated using the voice. In this talk two studies will be presented. The first addresses the accuracy with which musicians can imitate synthesised sounds varying in pitch, loudness, and spectral shape, from a computational perspective. The second study investigates vocal imitations of real drum sounds, in terms of the perceptual accuracy of the vocalisations and whether lay listeners can identify the sounds being imitated from the vocalisations.