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Recently, whilst listening to someone singing I noticed that you could actually HEAR them smiling whilst they were singing. Hard to believe, but true [link].
It got me wondering: If you could hear it, you could probably reproduce it, and possibly re-process non-smiling sounds to sound smiley!
if recordings were made of someone singing WITH and WITHOUT a smile, you could process the audio to establish what had changed. Then that information could be re-used to make other songs sound, well, 'Happier'.
(?) The lovely Tara, singing in a lift, and smiling.
I don't wish to imply this is a sad song, BTW - Just an example of an audible smile. Thanks, Tara. [Dub, Sep 29 2005]
Help Yourself ( take 1)
This year's Dsp sample from Tara [Dub, Dec 27 2011]
Teaching devices to tell a frown from a smile
[Dub, Aug 21 2012]
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||I'd just hate it if they applied this effect to Leonard Cohen. Or Bob Marley - imagine "Redemption Song" with it <shudder>
||I would apply this, with the dial turned to 11, to all
those irritating waifs who try to sound as if they're
malnourished and interestingly tuberculotic. I'd
probably dub in the odd giggle and fart noise too.
||//Teaching devices to tell a frown from a smile//
Yes, but could they tell a smile from a veil?
A green field from a cold steel rail?
I don't think so.
||//I'd just hate it if they applied this effect to Leonard Cohen. Or Bob Marley - imagine "Redemption Song" with it <shudder>//
||If it's miserable songs you want, you could subtract the smile from happy songs instead.
||Presumably you could also attempt to hyper-smile happy songs, and ultra-frown sad ones.
||For example "Misery Is The River Of The World" by Tom Waits.
||// If it's miserable songs you want, you could subtract the smile from
happy songs instead.// shiny, unhappy people?