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Using sampled human voice to create an synthesized instrument
Just saw the news about Adele's upcoming surgery and
canceled tour dates.
Given the risk to voice and the ongoing evolution of
synthesized productions (where many performers' voice is
already massively altered post production), it seems that
recording a full range of audio into a sampler
could be used
generate an Adele (or whomever) instrument, with the
eventual capability of actually composing a song for the
Daft Punk have been doing this for years
Sampled voice turned into instrument. [theleopard, Oct 31 2011]
Read the section on the Tape-bow violin. [DrBob, Oct 31 2011]
mining the early '00s nostalgia market soon, nae doot [calum, Oct 31 2011]
||Isn't this sort of baked in a diffuse way? Sampling
is widely used, and you can buy a wide variety of
sampled voices for synths or computers.
||I suspect that the reason lead singers are not
replaced by their samples is that it's impossible to
recreate the intonation and variety of the human
||Would you take short phoneme samples and join
them up to form words? Or all possible words,
sung in all possible intonations? If the former,
you'll wind up with Stephen Hawking Sings the
Blues. If the latter, the recordings you later
produce will use only a tiny fraction of the
samples you've made.
||Sampled vocals only seem capable of simulating a
choir in the background. To quote Alan Sherman:
"When the choir sings behind you/ All they do is
hummm (hummm)/Every voice is like an angel/Til
one hum goes bum."
||I would think "impossible" is too strong,
[MaxwellBuchanan], I would think you'll see it soon
enough, though I'll grant you not quite yet.
||I'm sure voice recreation will continue to improve.
But, in the unlikely event that I went to listen to
Adele, I'd be a bit upset if she appeared in the form
of a memory stick.
||//Stephen Hawking Sings the Blues// - I'd buy it. Incidentally, has anyone seen the Carl Sagan/Stephen Hawking duets on YouTube done with this sort of technique? - really excellent.
||Following twittersphere with the recent Siri outage
you'd think someone is actually using the damned
||Daft Punk, awesomely talented as they may be, weren't
even the first; Trent Reznor did it on the NIN album
'Broken', Skinny Puppy (and subsequent Al Jourgensen
did it all the time, Ben Burtt sampled human voices to
create sound effects for droids and other devices in 'Star
Wars', and Jimmy Page sampled Robert Plant's vocals to
weave into the sub-tracks of many of Zeppellin's studio
albums. Get some good headphones and listen to 'The Song
Remains the Same', 'Achilles' Last Stand', 'The Immigrant
Song', etc. Also a strong feature of the 'Diva's Aria' in the
film 'The Fifth Element'. There are as many fully-baked
ways of doing this as there are artists who have done it.