« posted August 23, 2008 - 11:39am »

the sounds of american speech


I just spent a while listening to all the different accents spread across the US on the Speech Accent Archive. This site features speakers from all over the country reading a single paragraph to highlight their different accents. It's fascinating to hear the Texan and the Quebecois along side each other.

When I first heard about this site I was real excited and must say it lived up to its potential. But wouldn't it be nice to a crowd-sourced approach to this project. You could ask people to read the same phrases and then upload their sounds to a community site. You could even track things about people's heritage. After all my accent is a mixture of splitting my life three ways between Tennessee, Texas, and now Minnesota.

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« posted April 4, 2006 - 11:47am »

Musical Bridge

Walking along the Millennium Bridge after a wonderful visit at the Tate Modern yesterday I saw a weird site. This guy was bent over a bunch of electrical equipment with wires attached to the bridge's guy wires and headphones on. Dressed in all black and a fashionable coat, I didn't think he was an engineer or someone working on the bridge.

He handed me the headphones and I heard a wonderful jangly harp like sound. The man was Bill Fontana and he had come out from San Francisco to work on an installation sound sculpture for the Tate Modern.