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[multi’vocal]: Reflections on Engaging Everyday People in the Development of a Collective Non-Binary Synthesized Voice

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Politics of the Machines - Art and After (EVA Copenhagen)

Digital arts and culture

15 - 17 May 2018

Engagement, Non-binary, Identification, Synthesized voices, Interaction Design, Corpus collection

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      The growing field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) takes a step out from conventional screenbased interactions, creating new scenarios, in which voice synthesis and voice recognition become important elements. Such voices are commonly created through concatenative or parametric synthesis methods, which access large voice corpora, pre-recorded by a single professional voice actor. These designed voices arguably propagate representations of gender binary identities. In this paper we present our project, [multi’vocal], which aims to challenge the current gender binary representations in synthesized voices. More specifically we explore if it is possible to create a non-binary synthesized voice through engaging everyday people of diverse backgrounds in giving voice to a collective synthesized voice of all genders, ages and accents.

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            [1 ] University of Copenhagen, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies

            Karen Blixens Vej 1, 2300

            Copenhagen S, Denmark
            [2 ] Augsburg University, Chair of Embedded Intelligence for Health Care and Wellbeing, Eichleitnerstr. 30, F2, 86159 Augsburg, Germany
            [3 ] University of Copenhagen, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Karen Blixens Vej 1, 2300

            Copenhagen S, Denmark
            [4 ] Netcompany, Grønningen 17, 1270

            København K, Denmark
            [5 ] Malmö University, K3 Arts and Communication, Interaction Design, östra Vervsgatan 11A, 211 19 Malmö, Sweden
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            10.14236/ewic/EVAC18.41
            © Jørgensen et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA Copenhagen 2018, Denmark

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            Politics of the Machines - Art and After
            EVA Copenhagen
            7
            Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
            15 - 17 May 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Digital arts and culture
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            Product Information: 1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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