The human voice – the primal instrument – how many of us know how it works? We can’t really see it in action and it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly why people should sound so different and so distinctive. If you have a spare 4 mins in the next 4 days, then I can’t recommend highly enough a passage from a programme put together by David Howard, professor of music technology at the University of York. He interviews Christella Antoni, a speech and language therapist who not only explains how various singers achieve their particular sound but also provides very convincing impressions of Katie Melua, Barbara Streisand, Ella Firzgerald, Anastasia & Ethel Merman.
Click on the programme link above and scroll forward to 14:53
I wish you better luck with the BBC iPlayer than I’ve been having this evening.