How to Read Spectrograms: Nasality

I’ve finally posted Lesson Five on Nasality.  It’s a bit of a doozy, but I’m proud of it, especially since it’s getting into some territory that nobody’s really published on before, at least vis-a-vis psychoacoustics, since Peter Marler’s classic 1969 article “Tonal Quality of Bird Sounds“.

For that reason, and because I’m afraid I may have made it a little overly complex, I’m particularly interested in getting feedback on this page.  Let me know how it treats you.  One more installment is planned after this one, on polyphony…and then we’ll have covered it all!

2 comments to How to Read Spectrograms: Nasality

  • Tayler Brooks

    WOW! I have a bunch of new vocabulary words to mix into my conversations when I talk about bird sounds now. I love this scientific approach to describing avian vocalizations, learning about the actual mechanics involved is really fascinating. I much prefer to describe bird sounds in this manner over the subjective terms such as the ‘sweet’ timbre of some Dendroica warbler songs and such. Please, post more.

  • Nasality is more complex than the earlier concepts, so a more complex description is in order. I may not have followed every detail as completely as those more experienced with sounds and spectrograms, but enjoyed the explanations, nonetheless, and learned some interesting facts. Thanks.