epilarynx

epilarynx

An ad hoc term for a part of the supraglottis, which in most of the world is not regarded as a separate anatomic region (except in France). Per gallic anatomists, the epilarynx consists of the suprahyoid epiglottis, the aryepiglottic folds and the arytenoides.
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The singer's formant cluster is tuned by the epilarynx and various microadjustments along the vocal tract, and is also perceived/felt to be higher, often in the area of the nasopharynx and in the bony structures of the front quarter of the skull (the so-called mask area).
This tissue vibration is converted to acoustic waves in the larynx canal (the epilarynx tube).
Nature has provided an impedance coupler (transformer) by way of the epilarynx tube.
An added benefit is that a wide pharynx, together with a relatively narrow epilarynx tube, produces the operatic ring (singer's formant cluster).
Here we have explored vocal tract adjustments in the oral cavity only, but we suspect that enhancement of various harmonics are also facilitated by optimal adjustments in the epilarynx tube and the pharyngeal cavity.
1) These exercises are part of a bigger picture of training vocal fold adduction, registration, and epilarynx tube narrowing for the best acoustic power transfer from the glottis to the lips.