As HAL9000, the errant robot in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey slowly
malfunctions and “dies” he sings ‘Daisy Bell’. The use of the song,
written by Harry Dacre in 1892, was inspired by author Arthur C.
visit to Bell Labs in 1961, where he heard the IBM704 sing the song in
the earliest demonstration of computer speech synthesis. Five decades
later machine generated voices are ubiquitous and robots are fulfilling
more and more roles in our everyday lives.
Voice is still one of the main ways in which we communicate with these
personal assistants, system controllers or sexual partners and they with
I am genderless like cacti and certain species of fish… seeks
to explore the current state of speech synthesis and the social,
political and cultural issues in computer voice generation through
from leading artists and researchers;Professor Roger
K Moore, Chair of Spoken Language Processing at University of Sheffield, Siri
Landgren, artist, Alice Emily Baird, artist, researcher and member of Multivocal andProfessor
Cathy Lane, composer, sound artist and academic.
A cross-school collaboration
celebrating all things screen, the exhibition will be set in motion with
accompanying performances, events, panels and workshops, punctuated by
screenings of the film for staff and students.
to the exploration of the rich complexities of sound as an artistic
practice, the centre's aim is to extend the development of the emerging
disciplinary field of sound arts and
to encourage the broadening and deepening of the discursive context in
which sound arts is practised.
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