A History of Speech Synthesisers


Klatt's Last Tapes, by Lucy Hawkins, is a wonderful BBC 4 documentary on the history and impact of Speech Synthesisers. My first experiences of speech synthesisers were in amusement arcades: Bally's 1979 Gorgar "Me...Got...You", and Stern's Berzerk "Humanoid Chicken. Fight like a robot". It seemed so exotic and incredible to me at the time. A machine... that talks.

So impressed too by the work at Cereproc (which you can hear used in my Electronic Soup Podcasts) seeking to give people back their own voice if they loose it later in life. And the work to create voices that mature with the person to whom they are attached can't come soon enough.

Via: Duncan Edwards of Trabasack on Twitter.


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