Human-machine mimicry

Since I was a child, I have wanted to be like that sound effects guy in the classic Police Academy slapstick movie franchise, Michael Winslow. And now he is the subject of a fascinating film where he reproduces the sound development of typewriters over the past 100 years — which is simultaneously banal and riveting.

This reminds me of a “research” project I have wanted to do for some time: find the parameters of a software voice model such that it reproduces a sound, just like Michael Winslow. I already have a project name: The Onomatopoeiater. I just need to convince a panel of experts that this should be done.


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