Musicology Seminar Detmold/Paderborn, DFG, 2016–2021.
Heads: Rebecca Grotjahn, Malte Kob, Karin Martensen
This project aimed at writing a history of singing that incorporates the body and media, particularly for the first decades of the twentieth century. It was assumed that the new medium of recording provoked a rethinking of the body, that had been related to changes in singing practice against the backdrop of a mechanized concept of the body. That singing has been increasingly understood as an embodied technique is not only clear from theories of singing, but also from changes in singing, for instance with respect to stance, breathing, vibrato, and the use of different registers.
This approach has been reflected in the four intertwined project sections:
: Wie Körper Schule macht. Eine Studie zur Gesangstechnik im Körperdiskurs an ausgewählten Gesangsschulen um 1900 (= Technologien des Singens 2), Munich: Allitera 2021.
: »The phonograph is not an opera house«. Quellen und Analysen zu Ästhetik und Geschichte der frühen Tonaufnahme am Beispiel von Edison und Victor (= Technologien des Singens 1), Munich: Allitera 2019.
The Liszt School of Music, Weimar,
Head: Martin Pfleiderer
How does one appropriately describe and interpret pop voices and singing styles? How do vocal expressions relate to the complex of lyrics and musical composition, of performances and images of singers, of processes of identity construction and cultural stereotypes?
Guided by these questions and using examples of singers from Vaudeville, American Popular Song and Musical, Gospel Music, Blues und Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Country Music und Folk Music as well as Rock'n'Roll and early Soul, the research project Voice and Singing in Popular Music in the US (1900-1960) analyzes and illustrates how vocal expressions have developed and influenced each other across genre divides, and how they have influenced and reflected images, cultural stereotypes and collective identities.
The research project focuses on these central concerns:
Additionally, the software Vocalmetrics has been developed. It allows its users to visualize similarities and differences between means of vocal expression in over 200 representative sound examples from the history of US-American popular music; Vocalmetrics will be made available as freeware and can be used for other musical genres and research questions.
: Baroque Performance – a research study on eighteenth century music performance (= Studies in Cognitive Musicology 2), Osnabrück: Electronic Publishing Osnabrück 2013.
: Musik für interaktive Medien: Arrangement- und Interpretationstechniken, Dissertation OvGU Magdeburg, Munich: Dr. Hut 2011.