[DECtalk] Singing Computers
Alfredo's Desktop computer
birdlover2002 at hotmail.com
Sun May 12 02:29:20 EDT 2013
My name is Alfredo Castaneda-Garcia, a singing computer and artistic
music enthusiast. I research a variety of STEM-related fields and I
wanted to ask a few questions about VocalWriter, as I have a Mac running
OS X Mountain Lion.
I would like to begin with the renditions of the songs you put up. A few
I could not identify, such as Catch, Limbo, Obx, and The Open Gifts. I
have been trying to search for lyrics or who wrote the song so I could
learn more about them. Did you compose those pieces yourself?
I found this post on Klango, but note that a lot of the links are out of
date: http://klango.net/en/forum/thread/tid/12217/page/1. I was
wondering if you knew any places where I can broaden my resources to
actually play with speech synthesisers? You see, I have been using
DECtalk for over six years and have become tired of it. I am eager to
try new speech synthesisers and explore different textures. I wanted to
try MBROLA, but I am not sure if that system will be stable to run on
new platforms. I want to experiment with Delay Lama, but I cannot
produce consonants with it. It is supposed to simulate the vocal chamber
I would like to see a way to manipulate the string you play on a violin
with a chamber where you can modify several harmonics at once to make it
sound as the thing is talking. It might help us understand how the vocal
folds work under all kinds of conditions, you know how it is when you
expose your instrument to humidity, to excessive heat, extreme cold, and
when you rupture a string. Then we can learn how to heal vocal folds,
which might result in the complete changing of the voice in any
creature. This is about conducting research on vocal tone and noise
manipulation to create many kinds of vocal and instrumental sounds and
then use it in a wide variety of applications. This is in a similar case
to how Neil Harbisson experimented with colours, except he uses pure
sine wave tones rather than tones with varying timbres.
I was going to see about using Vocal Writer on my Mac, but it runs on an
Intel 5 processor, so it does not support it. And I do not know how to
make the thing accessible. If visually-impaired people can use it, why
can blind people not do the same? I have gone to thinking how I could
apply sensory substitution devices to send the visual information into a
host, such as what is already being worked on. You see, I have become
fascinated with vision since I discovered I have the ability to
associate light frequencies with drones, hums, noise and the like. I
could associate them with the mathematical value or to an emotional key
or interval sequence of some sort, not just major or minor.
I would like to learn how to make Microsoft's speech synthesisers sing,
though I heard one needs Whistler to do that and I cannot find any
places on Google. Perhaps the Bell voices, and Dolphin voices might be
worth playing with. I found a way to make Eloquence almost sing using
the back quote and V commands.
If you can think of any more that would be great. So many of these links
are outdated and I was fortunate to find very few that still worked. I
could use the Wayback machine but...
Anyhow, if you can address these that would be excellent.
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