How to transform speech into music

How to transform speech into music

From the recorded material, Denis made a musical transcription of pitch and rhythm. Based on the transcriptions, he decided which phrases were going to be used or left out. For both pitch and rhythm, Denis used his ear, not software, to determine the notes because he wanted particularly to work with his musical perception of the speech samples rather than making decisions based on computer graphics. His perception of prominent pitches automatically excluded the less audible ones representing how he heard those samples. He decided to adjust the pitch transcriptions to the closest equal temperament pitch rather than incorporate microtones. This transcription was one of the most interesting processes that the documentary had registered in images and interviews.


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