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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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                May 2018
                May 2018
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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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                Politics of the Machines - Art and After
                EVA Copenhagen
                Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
                15 - 17 May 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Digital arts and culture
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