A new adventure in Sweden begins

In March 2020, Felicita received the communication from Lund University of her admission as a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts of Malmo Academy of Music. Her research explores new aspects of the extended vocal techniques.

Felicita BrusoniPhD research project

“My research project is situated within the topic of exploring new fields in the scenario of the extra-normal voice. Research and experiments in this area have already enhanced our knowledge of what humans can do going beyond the limits of voice. So far, not enough investigation has been devoted to devising a method to handle and improve the extended vocal techniques, and to find tools that could provide upgrades for singers who are approaching to extra-normal voice, for those who already practice some techniques and want to improve them or learn others, and for composers who could refer to a specific system of techniques. My research project will focus on developing a vocal coaching method to learn some extended vocal techniques.Many kinds of sounds will be considered and explored, since there are many still unconsidered and unidentified (for instance, different kinds of multiphonics or the glottal whistle known as M4 mechanism). These techniques will be explored as empirical material, with the aid of experts (doctors, physicians, logopedics) and dedicated laboratories (Human Lab in Lund): the aim is to find different ways to produce these extra normal sounds and to find a way to train them. So, I will conduct a practical research on myself and, as an extension of that, on other singers during workshops, but also collaborating with existing institutions around extra-normal voice (Dresden).One of the outputs of my research project is to build a strong experience around extended vocal techniques, giving Malmö a leading place on the international map about this topic. I would like the Malmö Academy of Music to become the Multimedia Center for the Extra-normal Voice, the first one in Scandinavia.The research outputs will be gathered into a new-born Archive of Extended Vocal Techniques, which will be part of the Multimedia Center. The aim is to communicate the artistic knowledge nationally and internationally using new technology, and to translate the research into directly applicable information. The Archive will have a physical presence inside the Library in the Malmö Academy of Music and a digital one, to be able to use new technology possibilities in the most useful and clear way.Since the aim is also to communicate new knowledge around this issue, my intention is to run a New music vocal ensemble with students from the singing classes of the MHM, and to organize concerts and calls for scores dedicated to pieces that involve the extra-normal voice. Singing students will be involved also in collaborations with professional contemporary music ensembles that will be invited in Malmö.To communicate and extend knowledge, some workshops and lectures will be organized around some specific topics around the extra-normal voice issue, especially involving experts in some techniques who don’t belong to Western traditional world, such as folk singers who routinely produce techniques that extend beyond the bounds of the normal vocal production”.

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