Writing for multiple voices: A compositional project that employs the vocal composition and arranging techniques used by Imogen Heap

Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - ECU Access Only


Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Supervisor

Matthew Allen


This study centres on vocal arranging and composition for multiple voices in popular music, with a focus on composer and producer Imogen Heap and her unique compositional, arranging, and production style. The aim of this project was to compose a completely new work based upon existing structures and new parameters founded through this study to reflect the compositional style and processes implemented by Heap. This was achieved by determining what the common compositional and arranging techniques used in popular vocal music currently are in the literature, establishing the techniques Heap utilised via a listening analysis, and then applying the findings in an original composition. The project adopted a research-led practice methodology by compiling a list of the techniques found in the literature available, choosing examples of these techniques found in multiple Heap songs as well as new techniques from the analysis, and then using said techniques to compose my own acapella vocal piece as the creative artefact for this research. As Heap is a new artist with little information published about her, these findings fill a gap in the body of knowledge and this project has the potential to guide future vocal composers and arrangers in their own compositions.

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