Breathing high and low

How do we use our breath to apply to the phrasing in mirror-singing? And what happens to the breathing pattern when turning over to meandering? Are there any differences? And how do different breathing habits affect the turn-taking in Q&A? This is questions that we are curious to know a little bit more about. So today Folk Song Lab visited the phoniatric department at Stockholm University (SU) for some session with Respitrace measures. With the help of the researcher, Johan Stark and Mattias Heldner with got some data that we now will try to analyze.

Heartbeat and breathe in Folk Song Lab

Today we have done a kind of first experimenting with using measuring tools for finding how the pulse and the breathing pattern changes during a session. This could be the way into finding how to measure group flow. Could it be that the breathing gets deeper during a session? It would be amazing to figure out how the parameters comply. Örjan de Manzano and his assistant brought some gadgets and a easy to use software to try this out. We did some test recordings and this is how it looks, showing different parameters acting together.

Studio Recording of FoSoLa

Time for three days of recordings in the primary studio at KMH with the inner circle FoSoLa. Mirror-singing. Q&A. Meandering. Story-board. Kyrie. Herding call. Soundscape etc. were some of the improvising methods that we used. All recordings were made as a regular session, meaning at least 20 minuts in a stretch. Also did some recordings being in separate rooms where we neither did see nor hear each other besides in the headphones. We also experimented with seated and standing and moving around in the room.

The studio is a great working place and we had excellent support from sound engineer Markus Sjöberg. Recordings were made with three different microphones for each singer, one of them being the larynx one, besides also added ambient microphones.

The recordings will hopefully end up into a public release later on.

Concert @ Gnesta Water Tower

The inner circle of Folk Song Lab had a public session / concert at the experimental Sound Art Festival – ANTENN – that was arranged at the magic Water Tower in Gnesta.

ANTENN 2019
Sound art festival
Gnesta Water tower
7-8 September 2019
Curated and coordinated by Ljudtornet
If you want to listen to FoSoLa go to 08:16

Intense inspiration days in Gnesta

When working in a project like Folk Song Lab you sometimes need to be super-focused and working together without being disturbed by other ‘stuff’. The FoSoLa inner circle went to Gnesta in Sörmland to spend two days of total concentration. Working with new ideas of improvisation, such as using the formulas of ‘Sutartinas’ (Lithuanian singing-style) to improvise new songs.

PEVOC – Getting new ideas

The Folk Song Lab project takes its influence from different directions. For some days in the end of August, two of the FoSoLa inner circle participated in the ‘Pan-European Voice Conference’ (PEVOC) in Copenhagen. Getting new ideas from presentations such as: Filippa M.B. Lä talking about ‘Augmented feedback of airflow in semi-occluded vocal tract exercises’ etc.  An interdisciplinary project, needs an interdisciplinary input.

On the picture Sofia Sandén, Susanne Rosenberg and Ingrid Brännström.

Rhyme and Rhyming

‘Cognitive strategies in rhyming in new ballads – an improvisatory approach’ was the title of a presentation of Folk Song Lab hold at the conference ‘Rhyme and Rhyming in Verbal Art and Song’. The main focus in the presentation was to illuminate the different methods used for improvising end-rhyme in ballads and how they worked: Improvising from a story-board, from a stilleben or just figuring out a story while singing are some of the methods used. Also formulas such as improvising narrative using third person perspective, dialogue, or the chrochet/braid/chain-method were described. Its amazing how the brain works when trying to rhyme!

The conference was hold at the Finnish Literature Society in Helsinki. Many interesting papers and keynotes were presented at the conference that takes place between 22nd-24th May (2019). Nigel Fabb’s (Professor of Literary Linguistics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow) keynote: ‘Why is rhyme different from alliteration? A psychological and aesthetic account’ was really relevant for the Folk Song Lab project. Also some presentations about rap like Venla Sykäri’s (Finnish Literature Society/University of Helsinki) ‘Strategies of rhyming in contemporary extemporized oral composition’ about the modern rap-scene in Finland had connections with the Folk Song Lab project.

Mirror-singing experiment at KMH X-day

This day Folk Song Lab did both a short presentation and invited to an experiment. Letting the the visitors and participants try out “mirror-singing” by mimicking phrases in the moment. The deeply concentrated participants said it was both hard and fun. Looking forward to analyze the recorded data collected!

KMH X-day is a meeting point were possible collaboration between KMH (Kungl. Musikhögskolan) and KTH (Kungl. Tekniska Högskolan) could be explored. At the KMH X-day presentations of ongoing and future projects can be experienced.

A stilleben as inspiration

Improvising from different input is always exciting. Today we used a stilleben as an input for forming a story. As usual it is hard to rhyme. But we get better at it as we go.

inspiration for a song
Rhyme words in the story derived from the stilleben above