I haven't really thought about Anyporter's voices.
Nor had I until I read the sentence above, which Questa wrote in Mark's "A Bit of My Life" thread. What better time, now that we're all sitting around our homes to share how we sound with our fellows self-isolating in the Port.
It's even easier than it sounds in the instructions. The main thing to remember is that as soon as you give it permission to use your microphone it will start recording. The recording below is my first & only attempt to use the platform and, my stumbling over words aside, the only problem is that I didn't start talking (actually, reading) until around :03. Be sure to remember to copy the created link so you can share your dulcet tones here.
So, here is Bixa's nasal voice for your edification. The book is Night of Sorrows, by Frances Sherwood.
Beautiful, Patrick, melodious without being singsong, precise without being pompous. Now I am curious...have you been an actor, is that regional or product of home, school, occupation etc.
Never been an actor, apart from at school a little bit. Home and school, I suppose. There's a sort of "family voice" in my mother's family, which might go back to my Victorian governess of a great-grandmother. And in my primary school, they got us to do "choral recitation": imagine 30-odd 9 year olds declaiming TS Eliot's Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat!
I am so embarrassed! I came back to this mostly ignored thread for a different reason and am only now realizing that Mark recorded his voice so we can hear how he sounds in normal, casual circumstances. That is obviously what I should have done instead of reading, something I will rectify when I come back again to nag everyone to use this thread. I'm genuinely curious!
Anyway ~ thanks, Mark for showing the way and thanks to Patrick for that beautiful rendition. Somewhere -- I'm drawing a complete blank as to where -- Patrick generously shared some of his recordings with us. Patrick?
I recall vividly the first time I heard my own voice from a tape recorder at a friend's house when I was about 9 or 10 years old.
I kinda freaked because I didn't recognize it if that makes any sense.
Not long after that when I went to give my first confession to a priest, while inside the curtained confessional booth where the priest couldn't see me nor I see him, he said: "Now, son, for your penance you will say 3 Our Fathers, and 10 Hail Mary's..."
Not that accent, the one people like to make fun of (Lung Island). Nope. I've known other people from your neck of the woods and it can't really be called an accent except for that funny sound of disgust, which perhaps you're unaware of.
I agree with both Bixa and Mark. Elegant and proper. You don't sound tired to me Rikita. And, in the case of Agnes, I think it likely she didn't really know that she was being recorded or what it was all about at the time. That's the way most children react when they are presented with a task that's unfamiliar to them.
I would imagine she is very talkative at times but, being asked to speak into a machine on the spur of the moment probably threw her off.
I'm going to give mine a go a bit later because it's a tad early in the morning here nd I tend to sound nasally after just awakening because of early a.m. allergies/congestion in my nasal passage. (People always say, "you sound like you have a cold" when they phone me in the early a.m.)
"Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform" - Pythagoras