Above and beyond the layer of words and music: an exploration of an emotional language

Browning, Leanne (2007) Above and beyond the layer of words and music: an exploration of an emotional language. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Ample research and evidence has shown feeling is frequently expressed facially and physically, whilst vocally expressed feeling has often been neglected or overlooked. Expression of feeling through the voice refers to the layer of emotional language that is beyond the layers of music and lyrics or language. This layer of emotional language refers to the basic and most natural sounds that appeal to Mother Nature and instinct such as shouting or screaming ('argh'), crying ('boohoo') laughing ('haha'). An exploration of semiotics and especially the semiotics of music and its process of creating meaning through links between sounds and thought processes will introduce the concept of signs present in vocal sounds. Freud's theory of the unconscious considers the concept of linking sounds with thought processes within the unconscious and the role of the unconscious in producing and repressing feelings and the method used to escape the repression through vocal sounds. This theory is considered in relation to Barthes' theory of the grain of the voice, which refers to the basic human instinctive sounds as well as an embodiment of the feeling in the voice. The theories explored will guide this thesis to the conclusion of whether the voice is able to express feeling without the aid of music and language; does the voice really express feeling or does feeling express using the voice?

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/325

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