Popular Music Studies Today pp 243-252

Part of the Systematische Musikwissenschaft book series (SYMU)

Groenemeyer – A Case Study on Situative Singing Styles



From personality psychology it is known that certain traits appear to be stronger in certain situations. The same might apply to the personal style of musicians. The aim of this paper is to present the situative singing styles of German singer Herbert Groenemeyer regarding the distinctions studio – live, German – English and early – late career phase. Twenty four snippets of approximately 10 to 15 seconds each been analysed that have been considered typical for the singer after a phase of immersion into the material. The analysis was using the vocalmetrics software version 1.1 and nine dimensions of singing traits. Results show differences be-tween studio and live performances as well as differences in the use of roughness in regard to articulation and increased articulation over time.


popular music analysis voice and singing personal style 


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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kassel’s Academy of MusicKasselGermany
  2. 2.Kassel UniversityKasselGermany

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