Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Minor Keys, Appoggiaturas, and "Vocal Fry"

An interesting NPR story about research suggesting a "shift... in the emotional content of music since the 1960s" — Why We're Happy Being Sad: Pop's Emotional Evolution.

I'm reminded of this exploration of the musical theory behind how "Adele won the song of the year category at [last] year's Grammy Awards for her tear-jerker 'Someone Like You'" — The Ballad Of The Tearful: Why Some Songs Make You Cry.

And, listening to presenter Alix Spiegel's voice, I'm unfortunately reminded of that "creaky, rough and guttural sound" that "appear[s] to be the new craze among young women," which under normal circumstances "is considered a speech disorder" and when feigned "could put them at a risk of future vocal cord damage" — 'Vocal fry': The new craze in talking inspired by Britney Spears, Ke$ha and Kim Kardashian.

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