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OSAKA Naotoshi / 小坂直敏


Prosody++ / Prosody++ / Prosody++

Birth Y: 1953 Birth C: JAPAN Gender: Male

Dest: Concert

Media Specification: Mixed music

Performer(s): Norio Sato (Cond.), Yukihiko Nishizawa (Flute), Mitsuko Ishii (Violin), Yo-hei Matsuoka (Violoncello), Keiko Harada (Piano), Naotoshi Osaka, computer

First perf.: at MUSIANA 95, at Lousiana Museum, Denmark with Hanne Andersen (Soprano) on Sep. 3, 1995.

Instruments: For Flute, Violin, Cello, Piano, and computer (conductor)

Production Periods: 1995

Prog. notes: Prosody, or the musical structure of speech such as its intonation and rhythm, can -- with regard to emotion, modality and turn-taking in conversation-- convey as much as or more information than phonemes do. This piece is aimed at finding instrumental role of prosody in order to cope with real musical instruments. For this purpose, voice quality, pitch, and intonation modification is done. This procedure is, so to say, musically sophisticated prosody synthesis. On the contrary, instruments try to follow the prosodic structure of speech. All the speeches recorded are from actual Japanese dialogue, and the speech is digitally processed. Performance is done using “Otkinsh”, which is sound generation and performance software on NeXT computer

Editor: N. Osaka (Sept. 17, 2012)

Comment: Osaka's Reg. No. 5