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date: 16 May 2021

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Humans sing to communicate with other humans. Basic to communication are the links and commonalities between singing voice production and human hearing. This chapter introduces the hearing system and how it enables pitch, loudness, and timbre to be perceived, and how the frequency ranges of voice production and hearing are linked to best advantage. The role of singing environment factors in relation to the acuity of hearing of a listener are discussed along with the presence and importance of high frequency energy above that associated with the perception of the sounds of language. Knowledge of the essential perceptual features in singing provides performers with strategic possibilities for enhancing overall communication during performance. In addition, such knowledge is important in the recording studio where the frequency responses of contributing musical parts can be and are altered in the context of achieving clarity and an artistic “sound stage” in the overall sound.

Keywords: perception, hearing, pitch, timbre, loudness, singing environment factors, high-frequency energy

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