Performing Media: Voices and Instruments Voices: Part One
The most common and widespread method of producing music has always been singing, since the beginning of time. Chanting choruses were incorporated into Ancient Greek dramas; in the religious book the Bible, it states that the Israelites sang praises to the Lord. Today, fans mirror the looks and lifestyles of their idols- this displays the alluring personalities singers radiate.
The audience plays a great role in the performance of a singer- the trade between these two contains a bit of enchantment, making the experience almost hypnotising. The singer garners the most attention since he/she is sort of like an instrument in the present moment- we relate to the singer in particular because of this reason. Sounds and words express the emotions through a medium we are familiar with: the human body.
Poetry and singing in particular have are so attached to culture that you rarely find one without these art forms. The extraordinary capacity to intertwine a word with a melodic tone is a magical gift and a spell-binding talent. The emotional effect of words are increased when it is sung. Singing also assists with memorisation.
Singing well is challenging for a number of reasons. Wider ranges- with regards to volume and pitch- are used when one sings. Vowel sounds are also held longer when singing. Controlling breath is essential for singing. The diaphragm and the lower abdominal muscles controls the air from the lungs. The vocal cords vibrate because of the air. From here the mouth, lungs, nose, and throat of the singer combine forces to create the ideal sound.
The tension of the vocal cords are linked to the tone pitch- the pitch goes higher as the vocal cords tighten.