[LAU] Thanks for pointing me to PD

Ken Restivo ken at restivo.org
Sun Aug 26 18:22:42 EDT 2007

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On Sun, Aug 26, 2007 at 12:04:53PM +0200, Thorsten Wilms wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 26, 2007 at 02:05:16AM -0700, Ken Restivo wrote:
> > http://www.restivo.org/blog/podpress_trac/web/184/0/phoneme-dance.ogg
> > 
> > (description here: http://www.restivo.org/blog/archives/184)
> Pretty cool.


> The phoneme sequence could be more fluid.

Ah, good catch, thanks! I noticed that when I first started, then I guess I got used to it. Thanks for the reminder.

> Maybe just compression would do the trick.

I put a slight ramp envelope in PD (it was so easy... just a vline~. The more I use PD the more it delights me.) so that the samples don't start so abruptly, which reduces the clicks. 

The samples were recorded by 6 different speakers in 6 different languages in 6 different ambiances, then were normalized to try to even them out. I didn't want to compress because the hits are all different velocities and I wanted to keep those dynamics. so I created an artificial ambience for the voices, so that they sound a little together. I basically fed the voices through a CAPS AMPIV (!) and then rolled off the low end to take off some of the noise, then fed the voices through a small-room convolution reverb to make it sound a bit more like the speakers are in the same room.

Updated now: http://www.restivo.org/blog/podpress_trac/web/184/0/phoneme-dance.ogg

> Beats sound typical of Hydrogen.

Hey, it's a late-1970's fatback/funk/disco groove, straight 4-on-the-floor, repetitive. Hydrogen does the job just fine. Nor does it seem to mind wearing a leisure suit and/or Sergio Valente jeans with a comb sticking out of its back pocket.  :-).

- -ken
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