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3 minutes ago, Chroma Starlight said:

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I discovered Bardcore, and this lady, a few months ago, and yes, her voice is so beautiful.

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I like any vocalist with a wide range, so I tend to like men who can hit high pitches and women who can hit low pitches.

For example, PelleK has a really impressive voice: (This isn't a song, you can skip through it.)

But the primary thing that decides whether or not I like the songs are the lyrics and subject matter. As much as I like his voice, I don't like most of his covers because of the kinds of songs they are and how he doesn't always go through many different ranges of his voice.

That said, on average, my playlist is mainly filled with either female vocals or high-pitched men. I guess I like softer vocals with a bit of low-tones mixed in. Alec Benjamin is a good example of the kind of vocals I like. He varies a lot between low and high in every song, but mostly stays on the high end.

 

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I pose the question....
Is the wonderful Hildegard Von Bingen 🥰 -> voice morphing using top end, rack mount specialist studio FX units??
I dare anyone to find ANY information on the artist.
I say 10 to 15% of her "timbre" is electronically generated.  
Remember that Bardcore, (mostly) is generated from extensive synth sample libraries.
Any artist connected to her is awfully silent on details regarding her presence/history/activities = o.0
Opinions?  

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On 10/27/2020 at 7:58 PM, Gopi Passiflora said:

I prefer female singing voices. I dunno. Maybe they are more soothing?

neither, it just depends upon the song really and the music that goes with the song. I can enjoy either gender as the singer of a song if they can sing it well.

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8 hours ago, Chroma Starlight said:

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this is beautiful medieval music, best heared in a huge cathedral :) the acoustics make it sound like angels.( or horror... depending on liking :)  )

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7 hours ago, Maryanne Solo said:

I pose the question....
Is the wonderful Hildegard Von Bingen 🥰 -> voice morphing using top end, rack mount specialist studio FX units??
I dare anyone to find ANY information on the artist.
I say 10 to 15% of her "timbre" is electronically generated.  
Remember that Bardcore, (mostly) is generated from extensive synth sample libraries.
Any artist connected to her is awfully silent on details regarding her presence/history/activities = o.0
Opinions?  

if you mean the music as posted by Chroma... i don't know this producer, but the music by Hildegard von Bingen ís this way.

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That's a typo, the artist's stage name is Hildegard von Blingin, and it's a play on a real name.

I looked her up when I first discovered the genre and was wondering who she was and how authentic it was as a realistic medieval sound. Found this. https://medium.com/the-gleaming-sword/hildegard-von-blingin-cornelius-link-and-the-rise-of-bardcore-9ce00a745933  I think I also read elsewhere that she claimed to be 28, can't remember where she's said to be from but it was somewhere on mainland Europe. 

I wasn't hugely surprised to discover it's unlikely to be quite what people really were listening to in medieval times, but I still enjoyed it. I had a collection of original lute music years ago. 

I don't have any skills in sound production, so I can't say anything about that. I did think she sounded genuine, but I don't have a trained ear for voice morphers so I'm probably quite easy to fool on those.

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On 10/27/2020 at 5:58 PM, Gopi Passiflora said:

I prefer female singing voices. I dunno. Maybe they are more soothing?

For me, Gopi, it's the male voice by far and I'd say mostly because I want to hear instruments and the power and passion of the instruments.  Now, I'm not saying women cannot play musical instruments but men do take advantage there because the instruments are heavy on the shoulder.  However, I listen to Classical music when working.

Now if you want me to take a ballad singer and choose a female voice or a male voice to sing a ballad, I'd still likely pick male as my preference.  I like the older male and some female balladeers as opposed to today's female pop singer balladeers.   

The main female singers I like/love are Stevie Nicks but her writing is so superb too and Loreena McKennitt whom I call the Aurora Borealis of music.  There are some female singers I like but it would probably be in the new age area or Celtic music genre like Enya.  I tend to want to hear music with passion as opposed to soothing as you mention unless I'm listening to Celtic or new age.  However, women can sing with passion, I'm just commenting on your soothing comment as I'd rather go with passion.    

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On 10/28/2020 at 10:50 AM, Rat Luv said:

I can't take a full album of this sort of stuff...but Japanese punk singer Margaret Take has probably the most extreme female vocals I've heard

 

Wow! Definitely the most underground thing I'm going to hear today. I'll offer up Lingua Ignota as competition - most of her singing is actually clean, but she has her moments of raw rage as well. This song is off Caligula, which she wrote as an exercise in self-therapy when recovering from an abusive relationship.  Women definitely aren't stuck in soothing all the time. :)

In terms of male vs female voices I'm pretty sure I don't really have a preference, but your options are pretty limited in the more extreme genres, which tend to be pretty male-dominated.

(If anyone listens to this be aware the volume completely skyrockets about 60 seconds into the song.)

 

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I like it when female singers can sing nice high notes. Having said that though I really love male singers too. I think I prefer listening to male singers unless there is a female singer that has a nice sweet voice that can hit high notes. 

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I listen to music based on the message in the lyrics. Not the singer and sometimes not even the music style. So for me the question is just not relevant.

For me, something like this is perfection:

- and if you're looking at vocals, what's key here is that it's a duet. So much of Jamaican music features two singers who swap between each other.

In this case you have a generation gap as well - so each speaks from very different experiences.

(the song is Koffee's newest hit, and this is Buju joining her in a remix, so she has most of the airtime in this one.)

 

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Inclined to females because they use their voice more like another instrument, letting their melodic line shine on its own; males rely on throat gymnastics (roarish, breathy, broken, etc) to express, which is fine if you’re into emotional singing. I’m not. I go so far as ignoring lyrics, so a German singer is as good to me as an English one. Therefore, if the singer starts being overly expressive on some point I’m supposed to get by following the lyrics’ meaning, it puts me off.

(Same disclosure that this is all generalizations, of course, and I’m open to any number of exceptions, to the tune of not actually caring about the singer’s gender as long as he/she sings the way I like).

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