Phonemes are the smallest units of sound in a language. Unlike letters which describe how words are written, phonemes describe how words should be pronounced. There around 44 phonemes in the English language, though this varies with different accents and dialects.
In spɛl ænd spik I hand over the composition of these phonemes to a computer program and text-to-speech software. Unlike the process of haphazardly arranging letters, when phonemes are strung together there is less chance of the result being unpronouncable.
When compososed haphazardly by a computer do these new sounds make sense to human listeners? Can they be mistaken for English? Do changes in the voice, speed, pitch and gender of the computerised voice affect how we interpret these nonsensical sounds? Does the use of a human avatar help our understanding of these sounds as English words?
spɛl ænd spik was developed for Electronic Voice Phenomena.
spɛl ænd spik uses code by Silas S. Brown.
- linuxgazette.net/181/brownss.html – Simple lip-sync animations in Linux
- lexconvert – a converter between the lexicon formats of different speech synthesizers
spɛl ænd spik was developed with programming assitance from Michael Murtaugh and photographic assitance from Pete Ashton.
spɛl ænd spik was developed on Ubuntu 13.10 with the following sofware:
Take three pictures. One with your mouth closed (1.jpg), one with your mouth partly open (2.jpg) and one with your mouth fully open (3.jpg) (instructions adapted from here). Put these in the same location as this script.
In the terminal run
I payed a mostly social visit to USA from 21-30 March (yes, this was after being there only 10 days earlier for fGlitch), with stops in Chicago, New York and a surprise visit to Miami.
I had so much fun seeing all of the glitch/new media friends I’ve made over the years, making new friends, meeting folks IRL for the first time, getting lost on the seemingly infinite streets and eating quite a lot of food! Next time I visit I’ll try and see more of the West Coast as my last time doing that was in 2006 :-/
More photos here.
On April 4th I’ll be hittin’ Liverpool to provide visuals for ChipFest 10
This special Kawaii edition features chibi-tech, Mizkai and Kero Kero Bonito and me on visuals
There’ll be lots of colours. Expect lots of colours.
Get your advanced tickets now!
On Saturday 22nd March I’ll be in Chicago to perform with Jason Soliday and show some video work at TRITRIANGLE:
Full line up:
It all kicks off at 8pm. Come on down! Bring pizza. I’ll be hungry
Thanks to all those that braved the cold and made it out to BYOB Stony Brook!
Margaret Schedel, Yonghoon Kim, Stephen Mcgee, Antonio Roberts, LeeAnne Issaogna, Daniel Weymouth, Matthew Blessing, Katherine Schwarting, Patrick Quinn, Mary Garvey, and Jeanette Yew
Curated by Antonio Roberts and presented as part of f(Glitch).
Photos by LeeAnn Iassogna/cDACT. Lots more photos here.