What is the Voice+ Research Lab?
Housed in the School of Modern Languages, thanks to support from the Atlanta Global Studies Center and the IPaT/GVU Research and Engagement Grants, Villa Albertine and International Education Week, the Voice + Research Lab is an Interdisciplinary Voice Studies Lab that explores the human voice from a variety of perspectives and integrates knowledge and methodologies from different disciplines. It encompasses a wide range of topics related to the voice, including vocal production, vocal health, cultural and historical aspects of vocal expression, and the artistic and expressive use of the voice. Interdisciplinary voice studies aim to provide a holistic understanding of the voice and its multifaceted aspects, fostering collaboration among experts in various fields to explore sound and structures of the human voice. Interdisciplinary voice studies often draw on the expertise of scholars and practitioners from fields such as, but not limited to:
Voice+ Research Lab
focusing on vocal techniques, music theory, and the study of vocal performance in various musical genres
technological advances have also played a role in interdisciplinary voice studies, with research on voice synthesis, speech recognition, and voice analysis
Business and Marketing
from Voice-activated virtual assistants to sonic branding and voice advertising, voice is an integral part of marketing strategies
Speech and Communication
study of speech, phonetics, and vocal communication, public speaking,
acting, and other communication contexts
studying language differences, the variations in vocal sounds across cultures, and the role of the voice in language evolution
Medicine and Health Sciences
research in this area explores vocal health, voice disorders, and the medical aspects of vocal production
considers how the voice is used within cultural and social contexts, including its role in identity, gender, and societal norms
Theatre and Performance Studies
looks at the expressive use of the voice in acting, theater, and performance art, as well as the historical and cultural significance of vocal performance
including the emotional impact of vocal expression, the perception of voice, and the psychological aspects of vocal training and therapy
Voice+ Student Research Symposium - Call for Proposals
We are pleased to invite proposals for poster presentations for The Voice+ Research Lab at Georgia Tech’s inaugural student research symposium on November 14-15, 2023. We are seeking proposals for undergraduate and M.S.- level research poster presentations that engage with the intersections between voice and technology. We suggest that students build on a topic they have worked on in coursework and present their findings at the Voice+ Symposium. What students choose to present on should be to pursue a question that aligns with their interests, expertise, and areas of specialization.
There will be prizes awarded to the top three presenters.
Contact Dr. Andrea Jonsson: Ajonsson7@gatech.edu
Examples of possible lines of inquiry for the Poster Presentation Competition:
- How does an analysis of voice in a text, film, medium enhance our understanding of the work/author/argument?
- How can voice recognition software be improved to better understand and respond to diverse voices?
- What acoustic features are most important for speech and speaker recognition systems?
- How can voice synthesis technology be used to create more authentic human-sounding voices?
- How does technology aid in voice rehabilitation or therapy?
- How do cultural norms shape how we “hear” voice in different societies, genders or ethnicities?
- How do sociopolitical or historical factors influence vocal expression?
- How do regional accents and dialects affect our perceptions of authority, education, culture?
- What is the role of intonation in conveying meaning and emotions?
- How do gender and age influence pitch, cadence, or resonance patterns in communication?
- How do vocal qualities influence persuasion and effectiveness in public speaking?
- What roles do nonverbal communication play in interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution?
- How can interdisciplinary approaches influence vocal training for singers or actors?
Voice+ Technology - Inaugural Event
Voice+: Locating the Human Voice in a Technology Driven World
November 14, 2023 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Exhibition Hall Midtown V
Performance and Q&A with DJ Deena Abdelwahed
A Tunisian producer and DJ, Deena Abdelwahed has released a number of albums on the InFiné label in Paris, including “Khonnar” (2018) and “Dhakar” (2020). Her musical explorations strive to reinterpret the diverse elements that comprise Arab music, drawing inspiration from both club music and the current experimental music scene. She has performed live and DJ sets at various festivals, including Sonar in Spain, Berlin’s CTM, Mexico City’s Mutek, and clubs such as Concrete Paris, Berlin’s Berghain and Moscow’s Mutabor. (https://villa-albertine.org/residents/deena-abdelwahed/)
November 15, 2023 | 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
11 am - 12:30 pm | Poster Presentations | Student Center Piedmont Room
Students invited to present their interdisicplinary research posters for a competition—more information to follow
12:30 - 1:30 pm | Catered Lunch | Student Center Piedmont Room
3:00 - 4:30 pm | Renée Altergott Research Presentation | Student Center Northside Room
“Reading Against the Grain of the Voice: Flaubert’s Madame Bovary”
Dr. Renée Altergott is a Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Wabash College (Indiana). She completed her PhD in French and Francophone Literature at Princeton University. Her work examines the cultural and literary history of sound recording in France and the former French Colonial Empire. Recent publications on sound, technology, and colonialism have appeared in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, French Forum, and Contemporary French Civilization Intersections.