Voices for science

On this page are audio recordings by boys who have “given their voices to science”. It is a data archive for the use of those wishing to study the adolescent male voice as it changes, and a resource for illustrating my books and papers.

Voices at Thirteen (cross-sectional and longitudinal studies)

 

Claims that boys’ voices have unique qualities that cannot be replicated by similarly aged girls are regularly made, though equally regularly contested.  Particularly “sonorous” or “plangent” qualities are said to be possessed by the older boys in a cathedral style choir, typically thirteen-year-olds.  However, it is well known that boys’ voices change and develop at significantly different rates.  A wide range in the timing of puberty across any population is one reason for this. This is explained here and illustrated through the archive below.  The samples match the text and need to be read in conjunction with it.

1 Goss See Amid, Temple Church 1931.mp3
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4 Durufle Pie Jesu age 13_07.mp3
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7 Look At World prepubertal, 09_04.mp3
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10 Lift Thine Eyes, completing puberty,
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13 Where s love_ Prepubertal 08_06.mp3
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2 Goss See Amid, prepubertal boys 9-11.m
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3 Speaking Voice Age 13_07 .mp3
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5 O Little Town. Compleyting puberty 13_
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6 Candlelight Carol 13_04, Cusp of comp
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8 Look at World, late peripubertal, 12_0
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9 Speaking voice, completing puberty 13:
00:00 / 00:11
11 Ave Maria, 11_07 .mp3
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12 Panis Angelicus prepubertal 10_08.mp3
00:00 / 00:25
14 Tomkins My Shepherd Is, In-puberty, 1
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15 Dowland Come Again Completing puberty
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16 Wise in F Magnificat In-puberty false
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17 Dowland Come Again late peripubertal
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18 Joys Seven late peripubertal 12_06.mp
00:00 / 00:23
19 Mozart Agnus Dei prepubertal, 11_10.m
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20 The Ash Grove prepubertal 10_05.mp3
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21 Britten Hodie In-puberty 13_08.mp3
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22 Britten, Hodie In-puberty, 14_02 .mp3
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23 Comparison of i vowel fragment at 571
00:00 / 00:03
24 Holy Night Boy.mp3
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25 Holy Night Girl.mp3
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26 Britten Corpus Christi Carol in-puber
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27 St Botolph peripubertal 11_10 .mp3
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28 St Botolph In-puberty 13_03.mp3
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29 This is the Truth 13_09.mp3
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30 Gibbons, This is the Record of John,
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31 Minstral Boy, peripubertal 13_04.mp3
00:00 / 00:22
32 Mendelssohn Christus recit. 12_02mp3
00:00 / 00:27
33 Boar's Head Carol 13_11.mp3
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