November 24, 2003

Formant Synthesis for Replicating Great Singers

Software that purports to simulate arbitrary singer's voices - even dead singers - with new material is discussed in the New York Times - Could I Get That Song in Elvis, Please? Of course this is most likely based on Dodge's work with Caruso, (an amazing piece btw, I've heard it in concert).

How does copyright law effect the formants of well known celebrity voices? Do singers have to perform at all anymore once their talent has been recognized commercially? Is the selling of formants themselves the next frontier in mass market artist branding?

The software has huge faults, but the way it's being marketed is itself intriguing.

Posted by jeff at November 24, 2003 09:30 AM