Since I'm already in a holiday mood, I thought I'd lighten discussion here a bit and talk about creativity. Furthermore, I'd like to give a gift to all of my loyal readers.
A few years ago, I was in a production of Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol". I played 2 parts: that of Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley. I thought of putting them together and singing reggae, but I digress. During the line learning process, I found that it was easier to learn the lines if you could say them out loud. Instead of approaching another sentient being to practice with, (because that would be the sensible thing to do), I decided to get my PC to say them. So, first off, I used my local text to speech engines in conjunction with a free little utility called DSpeech. This can be found here:
I ran into the problem of not having enough voices. I decided to turn to the internet and visit a few speech demo sites. For example,
I threw the lines into the edit fields, clicked on the generating button and voila, I was in business.
But again, that wasn't enough. The creative train was out of control. I decided to add sound effects and music. Again, all of it available from various sites on the internet. I even found a project endeavoring to create singing text-to speech. The project is called FLINGER and it can be found here:
I used an audio editor called GoldWave to put all of this together.
This is a very accessible sound editor. You can find tutorials on how to use it at:
Finally, the end result was a somewhat trippy version of the Dickens story which I dubbed, "A Synth Xmas Carol". You think Chucky is rolling in his grave? Anyway, without further ado, here is my gift to you; "A Synth Xmas Carol".
Feel free to share this with anyone you deem weird enough to enjoy such an offering.
Happy holidays to everyone.