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How do we technically define emotion in singing?

  1. Jul 14, 2007 #1
    Sometimes, people can be singing pretty good, but they don't have any emotion in the song. and sometimes, people sing pretty pathetic, but they got so much emotion in it, that we still like it. I was wondering, what is emotion in singing technically?

    Am I being clear?
     
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  3. Jul 14, 2007 #2

    arildno

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    Why do you assume we have the conceptual tools that are precise enough to distinguish between "emotion in singing" or not?

    Precision is NOT a natural characteristic about human perception, perceptive "adequacy" is what natural selection pre-occupies itself with.

    Any precision level beyond that becomes progressively more difficult for us to attain.
     
  4. Jul 15, 2007 #3
    Might as well ask what affect emotion has on normal speaking, because the indicators of emotion in any uttering is probably the same.

    I believe they are exaggerations in pitch and tempo mostly.
     
  5. Jul 16, 2007 #4

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    I didn't mean to ridicule your question, but only to point out that we don't have the sufficient tools by which we may provide an answer.

    We FEEL, in some vague way, when someone sings with emotion or not, and that feeling of ours might well have somewhat different triggers in different individuals.
     
  6. Jul 16, 2007 #5

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    Music carries no emotion. People who listen to music may or may not experience an emotion (hormonal release) that is evoked by the music they hear.
     
  7. Jul 16, 2007 #6

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    You're being clear enough. Bob Dylan had (has) a very nasal irritating voice, but his poetry, inflection, and phrasing made him a mega-star. Neil Young's voice is nothing to write home about, but he's done very well. Axl Rose and Jon Bon Jovi sing like rusty hinges, and neither one of them can keep my attention for more than a couple of seconds. I wouldn't walk across the street to see Wayne Newton or Paul Anka for free, though, despite their vocal abilities. People like Celine Dionne and Mariah Carey leave me cold, too. Technically good, but no soul. If you want to listen to a female vocalist who is technically very proficient, and sings from her heart, get "Babes in the Woods" or "No Frontiers" by Mary Black. She doesn't write her songs, but chooses those that she connects with, and the results are fantastic.
     
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