Cool science picture time, cause who doesn’t love some cool science pictures?
This is a spectrogram of the human voice revealing its rich harmonic content. What you’re seeing is the sentence "it’s all Greek to me" spoken by a female voice
See the wiki page if you want more info on how the human voice works.

Cool science picture time, cause who doesn’t love some cool science pictures?

This is a spectrogram of the human voice revealing its rich harmonic content. What you’re seeing is the sentence "it’s all Greek to me" spoken by a female voice

See the wiki page if you want more info on how the human voice works.

US film critic Roger Ebert given voice back by Edinburgh team

Short interview with Matthew Aylett, who lead the Edinburgh team that created a customised voice synthesiser for the late Roger Ebert.

Dr Aylett said the technology has moved on “dramatically” from the type of speech system developed in the 1980s and famously used by Professor Stephen Hawking.

He said: “Stephen Hawking is now identified by that voice, so he doesn’t want to change it. The difference here is the voice we’re giving Roger Ebert is actually the same voice he had before he had surgery.

Meet the real Siri, and other iconic voices of technology.

Best voices on the internet

We talked about Voice being overlooked in the digital world, but the online world has some fantastic stuff to listen to, here’s some of our favs. Have a listen, share and add your own picks to the list.

Doug Stanhope’s podcast  Doug is dark, twisted, hilarious and yet disarmingly charming. There’s offensive stuff and lots of swearing, so not one to play with your kids in the room, but always a great listen.

Chilling Tales for Dark Nights  - The best horror stories from the internet, read in fabulously creepy voices. And the best thing about horror in audio? Closing your eyes doesn’t help…

Three sister podcasts for geeks who appreciate good stories -Podcastle for fantasy,  Escapepod for Sci-Fi, and Pseudopod for Horror.

The fabulous Radio Lab! Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich reveal fantastic science stories, every episode is a feast of the ears and the mind.

Stan Alcorn thinks 3 minute audio may be the way forward for the voice online. The Memory Palace and Three Minute Fiction are fantastic examples.

Scriptnotes, a screen writing podcast from professional writers. John August and Craig Mazin are really engaging and freely share their expertise and experience. Fun listen even if you don’t want to break into Hollywood.

The Bugle Podcast - John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman and brilliant satire, what more do you want?

Drama of the week from the BBC

The UK has the BBC for Radio Drama, but the art’s kind of died off elsewhere, time for a Radio Drama Revival.

Radiotopia - including 99% Invisible, Love + Radio, Radio Diaries – a smorgasbord of audio delight.

Hardcore History. Interesting thoughts on the past, not everyone will agree but the ideas are exciting.

Fantastic documentaries from RTE, Ireland’s Radio Broadcaster

Sodajerker  Nothing better than listening to people discuss an artwork they love and are good at, one for music lovers

Le Show  Blisteringly clever stuff from Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap) - politics, music, weird public documents.

Thrilling Adventure Hour  An homage to the golden age of radio. Consistently makes my ribs hurt from laughing.

And from the golden age, Orson Welles as The Shadow  Lacking character development, and the plots might be a bit threadbare, but they’re fast paced and fun. Plus, Orson Welles has a superb sinister laugh. After listening I really want some blue coal… damn the ads in the 30s were persuasive.

Bit harder to get these last two, but really worth it!

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Hands down, Dirk Maggs made the BEST adaptation of Douglas Adams’ detective out there. Check out ‘Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul as well’, Thor is adorable with his rubber duckie.

Bleak Expectations, by award winning writer Mark Evans is a brilliant funny spoof on Dickensian life, with Anthony Head as one of the best radio villains ever conceived, the dastardly Mr Gently Benevolent.

Real recordings of bygone people: Actual voices of Queen Victoria, Houdini, and Lenin

When you suddenly hear the timbre of Florence Nightingale, she becomes flesh-and-blood real. She actually happened!

Voices from over a century in our past. If you’re a history geek like me you’ll give a thrilled little squeal when you listen to these.

Watch 'Murmur' project a human voice onto a beautiful digital canvas

Secret Bunker NORTH - Lucie Potter - Art in the public realm

Lucie Potter finds great stories and arresting voices to tell them. The Secret Bunker is a great insight into life in WW2 bunkers from those who worked in them.

I am the daughter of Sgt. Cody Wolf. Today I heard my father’s voice for the very first time. You have sent me a very treasured Christmas present. There are no words to explain how I felt when I heard my father speak about me. I was only 17 months old when he was killed.

I am 71 years old and today I was his ‘Margaret Ann.’ 

I am the daughter of Sgt. Cody Wolf. Today I heard my father’s voice for the very first time. You have sent me a very treasured Christmas present. There are no words to explain how I felt when I heard my father speak about me. I was only 17 months old when he was killed.

I am 71 years old and today I was his ‘Margaret Ann.’ 

Scott Eyman told us about how the voice completely transformed the art of cinema.

Here is the scene of the Jazz Singer where Al Jolson speaks for the first time while singing ‘Blue Skies’. It’s an interesting movie if you have a chance to check it out, bit of a Frankenstein film mixing silent, speech cards, music and speech.

Stan Alcorn: Why Audio Never Goes Viral

It’s hardly a fair fight, audio vs. cat video, but it’s the one that’s fought on Facebook every day.