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Logoped Phoniatr Vocol. 2013 Oct;38(3):126-34. doi: 10.3109/14015439.2013.795605. Epub 2013 May 24.

Can a computer-generated voice be sincere? A case study combining music and synthetic speech.

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Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London , UK.


This article explores enhancing sincerity, honesty, or truthfulness in computer-generated synthetic speech by accompanying it with music. Sincerity is important if we are to respond positively to any voice, whether human or artificial. What is sincerity in the artificial disembodied voice? Studies in musical expression and performance may illuminate aspects of the 'musically spoken' or sung voice in rendering deeper levels of expression that may include sincerity. We consider one response to this notion in an especially composed melodrama (music accompanying a (synthetic) spoken voice) designed to convey sincerity.

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