The Journal

Issue #27: Voice

Monthly Design Dispatches

Consider

Voice informs and shapes our daily experiences, often in ways we’ve never considered. Voice curator Rebecca Gates asked us to consider how we can work with voice and sound not only to shift perceptions, but also our very notions of reality.

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From a Whisper to Machines / Rebecca Gates

Musician, designer, soundscoper, and founder of Sound and Associates, Rebecca Gates takes us through a series of vocal warm ups and listening exercises to helps us rethink and retune our very human voice and ears.

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From a Whisper to Machines / Raul Preciado Mendez

Raul Preciado Mendez considers the civic side of voice, by taking a closer look at the communities he works with through the Latino Network.

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From a Whisper to Machines / Laura Allcorn

Founder and researcher Laura Allcorn of The Institute for Comedic Inquiry walks us through the neuroscience of laughter, fluency, and the implications of “real” vs. “fake” laughter via the synthHAsizer she invented with Thomas Wester and Greg Bryant.

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From a Whisper to Machines / Karen Drake

A speech language pathologist and otolaryngologist at OHSU, Dr. Karen Drake presents a primer on the human voice, including the mechanics of voice, and what makes each human voice completely unique.

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From a Whisper to Machines / Panel

“What’s the very first voice you remember?” A distinguished lineup of voice and sound experts take part in a thoughtful Q&A on fake laughter, optimal voice, the voice of community and civic engagement, and more.

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