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The Expressive Function In Wor Songs

Helena Palma
2016 Zenodo  
We study some musical and expressive features of traditional Wor vocal music, an ancestral gender of the Biaks (West Papua). A core aspect in Wor songs is the expression of wonder, which Biaks have developed into an Aesthetics of Surprise. We describe some key structural features in the pitch and time domain used as means to express such an aesthetics. We represent the acoustic and prosodic features encoding expressive content by means of an Expressive Function which contains expressive indices
more » ... expressive indices with internal structure. We propose an augmented expressive score for the transcription of unaccompanied Wor songs.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.1289536 fatcat:b2gppuc4w5c2dg6qsei2c6qc24