Virtual Choirs

Authored by: David Howard

The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138921382
eBook ISBN: 9781315686431
Adobe ISBN: 9781317415138


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Speech science has advanced hugely over the past half century, and coupled with the ubiquity and processing capabilities of personal computers and other electronic technology, it is perfectly possible to synthesise highly intelligible speech on everyday devices including PCs, tablets and mobile phones. The science of the singing voice has also moved on considerably, offering the possibility of synthesising the sound of a choir electronically. This chapter describes the basis of speech synthesis systems and how individual singing voices can be created electronically and combined together to create the sound of a choir. Specific examples of the synthesis of individual singers and choral sounds are presented and discussed in terms of their effectiveness.

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