In this research vocal expression is studied as embodied experience. The focus is on the inner-body perceptions produced by the proprioceptive senses. This realm of body awareness is usually left unrecognized in theories of voice as well as in everyday experiences of speaking and singing. In this study vocal expression is understood as an experiential and inseparable unity of sounds, affects, and movements. The theoretical and methodological framework of the study is drawn from somaesthetics and phenomenology.
Vocal expression is, by its foundation, as much intersubjective and cultural activity as it is subjective experience. The concept of vocal order is established to describe the ways in which we organize and control vocal sounds and body movements in our everyday life in accordance with aesthetic ideals, social norms, and the communicative demands of speaking and singing.
The main objective of this research is to increase awareness of the bodily and experiential aspects of vocalizing – and to study these aspects in detail. The other aim is to examine the operation of the vocal order at the level of bodily experiences. In addition, the technique of bodily aware vocalizing is developed for the use of vocal education.
The study will be conducted by means of in-depth interviews, group conversations, one-to-one conversations, and bodily aware vocalizations. These will take place in workshops and private lessons. The research group will range from ordinary people to professional singers. The organization of the study will follow the analytic, pragmatic and practical approaches of somaesthetic research.
In this study the vocal expression is approached comprehensively, not starting from the predetermined categories of singing or speech. Voice is understood in the broad sense, covering all the vocal sounds a human being is able to produce. The study will open up a new field of research: the somaesthetics of vocal expression. It will also have an impact on the fields of phenomenology, vocal education and music therapy.
PhD / FT Anne Tarvainen
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