Joan La Barbara (born June 8, 1947) is an American vocalist and composer who provided the Newborn vocals in the 1997 film Alien Resurrection. Alien Resurrection was La Barbara's first film role.

La Barbara is known for her explorations of non-conventional or "extended" vocal techniques. Considered to be a vocal virtuoso in the field of contemporary music,[1] she is credited with advancing a new vocabulary of vocal sounds including trills, whispers, cries, sighs, inhaled tones and multiphonics (singing 2 or more pitches simultaneously).


Year Title
1997 Alien Resurrection
2014 River of Fundament
Chasing Taste

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  1. Pool, Jeannie G. (Jan., 1979). "America's Women Composers: Up from the Footnotes", p.35, Music Educators Journal, Vol. 65, No. 5., pp. 28-41. "Joan La Bar-[<br>]bara, a major innovator in her use of voice in both live and taped electronic works."