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date: 11 November 2019

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This chapter describes the development of research on singing in the second half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the current century, with an emphasis on the unique work of the author and colleagues in Groningen, the Netherlands. Research in professional singing has been primarily oriented towards aerodynamic, e.g., flow-related topics, driven by the Bernoulli concept and also the increasing availability of measuring equipment. Simultaneous measurements of flow and subglottic pressure in normal individuals and patients are described, after which the value of these measurements is discussed. Advances in computing have facilitated studying in real time the aligning of formants with harmonics of the voice source over the whole singing range. Because of these new possibilities, studying and comparing singing voice registration events became much easier, and could be integrated into the singing studio. The transition from air-flow concepts to resonance effects is emphasized.

Keywords: Bernoulli, airflow, subglottic pressure, voice registration, resonance

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