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Singing in the MRI

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We rarely consider just how complex the process is when we speak or sing. Sound waves produced in our larynx are shifted and amplified by the geometry of our throats, mouths, sinus cavities, tongues, and lips. This video provides a glimpse of that hidden complexity through a trained vocalist singing inside an MRI machine. He sings the same aria in four distinctly different vocal styles, and it’s incredible to watch all the changes his tongue, lips, and soft palette go through to produce those different sounds. (Image and video credit: T. Ross; via Flow Vis)

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