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A software that takes any sound and morphs it into a vocalization
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This idea came to me as I was transcribing one of my eructations for the Eructative Naming Convention halfbakery idea, in which I write down my eructations in text, ie: oo-WELL-ay-ALL-ah-MOM-en-ique. I am getting pretty good at transcribing them, and even developing a pretty say-it-like-it-sounds way of writing them out, and I am building an interpretive capability, so that I can quickly translate the burp into something easily sayable.

For the spelling, when I first started writing them out, I would look back a day later and not be able to remember what sound I was trying to get at, so I gradually worked out a way of spelling the burps so that they are easy to recreate -- a way of spelling syllables so that there is no contextual or conventional pronunciation, just the raw deal.

As I was doing this I happened to fart, and it occurred to me that if i really stretched it I could have written down the "pronunciation" of the fart too, and even that a software program could be written to translate a fart, or any sound at all into this non-conventional, non- contextual spelling system.

So with this software you could record a sound, optimize it for transcription, transcribe it into the spelling system, and then have a text to speech voice read it out.

This would be fun to keep on at all times, like on Google Glass, so that if someone did inadvertently fart, the system would be able to pronounce it exactly, perhaps thereby giving more expression to our other ends, increasing everyone's emotional intelligence, and at least providing much amusement.

I also just saw a Facebook post of a system that plays a tree stump like a record player, which is interesting, but the implementation just translates the record needle on the stump groves into really ominous but information-poor piano music with only about 4different notes from what it sounded like. It sounded like the system had taken out too much information. I don't know at what resolution it was working so maybe that was the best they could do, but it made me wonder if the information in the tree stump groves could have been translated into pronounceable text, I mean as long as you are going to process the information you might as well put it in a format to which we are accustomed to focusing our logic-seeking modules.

JesusHChrist, Mar 03 2014

Eructative Naming Convention Eructative_20Naming_20Convention
[JesusHChrist, Mar 03 2014]

IPA, http://www.yorku.ca/earmstro/ipa/
Sadly not yet automated in either direction [pocmloc, Mar 06 2014]


       I have come across two different ways of teaching songs in a language the learner does not speak. One way is the high-falutin professional way, using IPA to write the pronounciation of the words. The other way is described by the teacher who I saw using it as "gobbledygook", and consists of writing a vaguely phonetic rendering of the text so if you speak the nonsense syllables in a normal English accent it comes out sounding vaguely fluent in Foreignish.   

       Of course it only works for where the tutor and learner are both native speakers of the same language, otherwise the phonetics don't work.
pocmloc, Mar 06 2014


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