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[English] The Voice: a digital footprint

I don't think there is a person in the world who likes her voice, maybe the singers have learned to listen to it, probably by trying to understand it, it's that their ears opened to those resonances.

Those resonances that completely populate our bodies. However, there are particular ways, it is not the same as the one we discuss, with which we thank, the one that whispers, the one that is recorded, the one that sings, the one that is internal or the one that reads, precisely, in high VOICE.

Definition of enchantment: 1) Being subject to a magical influence; casting a spell, especially with the voice; bewitching, 2) Imparting an effect to a magical quality. 3) To like something to a great extent; to enchant; to be bewitched; to fascinate; to captivate. The English word enchant is one of the best examples of that historic ancient power of the human voice. Charm, enchantment, singing, chanting…

David Moss – Manifesto of the possibilities of voice

Facts of Infinity of Voices and Resonances

The task of reading aloud, interpreting words, in front of other people is not easy and always brings with it an internal and external challenge.

There is silence anywhere if someone in front of an open book starts reading it aloud. There is a certain respect, a certain need for attention, a certain sense of silence.

And it is because the voice bewitches, bewitches along with the meaning of the words. The voice tells, relates, wanders through the various thoughts.
Thanks to the voice, the words fall and are engulfed in the ears. Without the voice there are no words possible, no matter how loud the voice is, no matter the forms, the context, even the challenge. The voice has an invisible power that makes it visible.

In the visible you can establish the distance, nature and origin of the voice, and therefore neutralize it. The acoustic voice is so powerful because it cannot be neutralized by framing it in the visible, which makes the visible doubly enigmatic.

Dólar Mladen – A voice and Nothing More

In school it is taken as an exercise, as a norm, as a form of teaching.

Reading aloud in front of fellow workers can be a traumatic experience for many.

Over time, the reading gets quieter. From time to time we read some text, a paragraph, a piece of news aloud for others to hear, almost always asking for a thousand apologies with every mistake in the reading.

I think out loud: Maybe that feeling of being wrong is what precedes the silent reading. In ancient times, reading aloud was the norm but: How many people had the knowledge of reading at that time?

Reading aloud involves an interpretation, a commitment to the text and to the audience. A commitment to take you on a journey along the sound trails.

It is the changes in the sound of the voice, the sudden changes of tone, the crescendos, the fortissimos, the piano pianos, the pauses, the silence; in short, the immediate vocal music, the one that transmits the human dimension and makes you want to listen.

Brook Peter – The open door

In an age where narrative forms are constantly changing, reading aloud can sound delirious, even exaggerated or simply for some, a snobby act.

The voices of what we read or consume belong to others, the voices as a sound aspect. Especially if we are not in the communication business. Our voice is still that inner voice that we do not externalize.

Footprint

The voice is one of the most intimate things to show; reading aloud is an act of courage. Recording our voice and listening to it is practically immolation in the face of internal criticism.

We pick up the phone every day and millions of robotic voices dictate the offer, put us on hold, provide us with countless options for “better care”.

And most of us are simply silent, secretly ashamed of the voice that resonates in you, that voice that has been forged with us over the years, that has acquired nuances, languages, various sonorities, clicks of the tongue, sibilants and powerful consonants.

One of the frontiers that robotics is fighting against is trying to reproduce the sensation that human voices transmit, sensations that prevent new technologies from being nothing more than technologies and from getting closer to the human aspect.

The human voice is full of imperfections. The same one that opens worlds with every emphasis of the words said aloud.

Invite them to read to us.
Read out loud for the sake of reading.
Feel the impact of our voice against our body not only internally, but the external vibrations that our own voice produces.
Simply to read.

I don’t know if the act of reading is a lost act, if it became obsolete. But I like to read out loud and be read to. To hear other people’s readings, their voices, their interpretations.
Reading and being read to…

Because to understand the sound phenomenon of the voice is also to understand our relationship with that phenomenon, what it produces in us individually.

Each voice is unique and that is why it IS interesting, you can never put a single filter, you can never equalize all voices equally without losing the function of transmitting that “human” feeling that has that individual sound.

Trying to interpret any text aloud will not only change the landscape but also change the space.

The voice is pure resonance, resonance of the body, of words, of thought, of spaces.


Author: Sol Rezza
Editor | Corrector: Franco Falistoco
@ 2019

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