Spectrography in the Studio/Clinic Time For Reevaluation? Occasionally, a long-dormant idea can be revisited and revitalized because updates in thinking or technology have occurred since it was originally considered. Spectrography has traditionally been an invaluable tool in the laboratory that now may be overdue for reevaluation as a practical application for use in both singing studios ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2003
Spectrography in the Studio/Clinic Time For Reevaluation?
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  • Garyth Nair
    Music Department, Drew University Madison, NJ
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Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2003
Spectrography in the Studio/Clinic Time For Reevaluation?
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 20-25. doi:10.1044/vvd13.2.20
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, July 2003, Vol. 13, 20-25. doi:10.1044/vvd13.2.20
Occasionally, a long-dormant idea can be revisited and revitalized because updates in thinking or technology have occurred since it was originally considered. Spectrography has traditionally been an invaluable tool in the laboratory that now may be overdue for reevaluation as a practical application for use in both singing studios and speech clinics.
In the early to mid 1940s, a new type of electronic instrument was developed at Bell Laboratories that was to contribute mightily to our understanding of speech. It was called a sound spectrograph. This new device showed great promise, because researchers could easily see the constituent parts of the sound spectrum clearly for the first time. After its emergence from its top-secret status (during the war it had potential military applications), its presence engendered a burst of investigative activity, not just concerning the voice, but also for anything that made sound.
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