Speaking Nature: Strategies for Generating Credible Utterances of Nature Elements or Phenomena

TitleSpeaking Nature: Strategies for Generating Credible Utterances of Nature Elements or Phenomena
Publication TypeMaster Thesis
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsAldana, A. L.
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AbstractSince sound film was introduced around the 20's decade it has become a fundamental element to transmit information to the audience. The sound design process has come a long way and have reached a point where it is considered a complex task that implies different fields of knowledge such as the technical, the artistic, the psychological, the physical, etc. Sound designers, DSP Engineers, musicians, etc., design and make use of several tools that allow them to create a given sound scenario not inly for film, but also for TV, Video-Games, Art Installations, media, etc. These sound scenarios can be a recreation of a real sound space or can be the representation of the idea of how a sound space or an element in it could sound. This thesis explores voice synthesis techniques from sounds of nature and voice recordings as a mean to create credible utterances that preserve the characteristics of the sound of nature while maintaining the intelligibility of the message. We also explore timbre descriptors and the phonetic transcription of the chosen sentences to characterize the sounds of nature and voice sounds in order to generate the utterances automatically. Desde
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