Monday, 30 August 2010

Q&A with: Dane Rich

How does Vocal Type work?

A vocal typeface would form, shape and substance through someone talking. The alphabetic forms, glyphs, are given shape and motion through a coded interpretation of the speech. It is written in Processing ( an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions. It listens to the environment using the computers microphone using the amplitude and pitch of the voice it alters the shape of the line that is draws for the letterforms.

Can you give examples of how the typography would look when different voices are used?

The louder the person the larger the type will become. The text grows with volume, if the person has a quite voice the type will remain more slender. If the person has a high pitched voice the letter forms will get distorted and squashed. So the type is distorted in a similar way that we distort the sounds of the english language in our own individual ways.

What do you imagine other typefaces would sound like if they were converted into sound?

I tried this in a very rigid way using software that's designed to help the blind to see with sound.

Is the theme of sound and communication something you want to explore further?

The original aim for this project was to make a way for people to express in an email the way in they talk/talked. It is defiantly something I will be taking further. there are some technical difficulties to over come. I want to make the type react to voice so that a speech could be transcribed live and have the way in which it was said integrated into the text. I think speech is going to be used a lot more in the near future to interact with technology. There is defiantly room for typography to take advantage of this advancing technology and link speech into text.

Can you see this technology being used to help people with hearing difficulties?

Yes I can see this aiding people with hearing difficulties. they would be able to read the text and also get a visual aid of how each of the letters were spoken.

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