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Synthesis examples

A collection of early speech synthesis samples [8]A collection of more recent speech synthesis samples [9] Leading contemporary developers Loquendo [10] Nuance [11] CereProc [12] Cepstral ... read more

Alistair Edwards
Posted 31st August 2011 at 2:28 PM

The CreST inception event - Scarborough 2009

For those of you that were at the very first event before we were funded and official, this is the link to the blog. You may want to revive some of those first creative 'green shoots.' ... read more

Alistair Edwards
Posted 31st August 2011 at 9:54 AM

Micro compositions: Joyce's Singing Pianola

One of the more fantastic chapters in James Joyce's Ulysses is 'Circe' which is written as a play script. Much of it takes place within a brothel which contains a pianola which has its own (sung) lines. If one were to attempt to dramatise this chapter then this represents a considerable, perhaps impossible, sound design challenge. How can a piano, a tuned percussion instrument with no variable resonators, give the ... read more

Jez Wells
Posted 4th August 2011 at 10:16 AM

Artworks - Past and Present

It may be useful to build up a list of artworks that make use of artificial speech (past and present). We may end up having to define what we mean by artificial speech. Please add to this list. Speech Songs - Charles Dodge 1973 Cascando - Charles Dodge 1977 (A realization of Samuel Beckett's Radio Play) Fitter Happier – Radiohead – OK Computer 1997 Huge Harry - (MIT, various authors, ... read more

Bruce Balentine
Posted 22nd July 2011 at 5:04 PM

Appropriate emotions for machines

Alistair Edwards asks: What emotions would be appropriate to a machine? Having no biological reality (body) nor evolutionary history, it is impossible for a machine to feel the basic primal emotions, including fear, anger, and sexually-related drives. If it's impossible for the machine to feel these emotions, then it is not possible to use such feelings in decision-making (action). Therefore, it is inappropriate for the machine to express (or, more ... read more

Bruce Balentine
Posted 20th May 2011 at 11:07 AM