Scott, L (2016) The mediated voice: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) as a new mode of operatic expression. In: Performance Studies Network: Fourth International Conference, 14 -17 July 2016, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.

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‘Digital opera’ can be characterised as a bourgeoning operatic form that emerges naturally from digital culture. Qualifying works interrogate how key features of traditional opera are retained or transformed when entirely mediated. One significant area of exploration in this context is the operatic voice as conveyor of human expression. This paper presents a new, and potentially rich mode of vocal expressivity in opera: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). ASMR is a neologism that describes a tingling sensation, often in the scalp or spine, that occurs in response to auditory stimuli such as the whispering of plosive consonants. The paper articulates the intersection between ASMR and opera using the locative opera game, Fragments as a personal case study. It describes the ASMR-led compositional approach, notation system, and recording techniques deployed in Fragments to advance a profound sense of connection between the player, and the opera’s protagonist.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: ASMR, digital opera, PSN2016, Fragments
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 11:47
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 15:10
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