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Want Your Voice to Live Forever?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 25, 2006

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We're teaming up with the Rosetta Project to help build up their database of languages and dialects for generations to come. Want to join us?

voices-gift.jpgPeople often speak about leaving a little piece of themselves behind once they are gone.

Some build time capsules and hide them in their attics, some people donate to institutions to construct a physical monument, and many invest their time in those around them.

The Rosetta Project, a not-for-profit organization, is giving you the opportunity to leave more than just a your name on a plaque; it's giving you an option to leave an audio legacy for others to discover, study, and apply.

Last week, I posted an article about the Rosetta Project.

Since then, I've been in touch with the Rosetta Projects Archive Director, Laura Buszard-Welcher, Ph.D, a wonderful lady who is greatly looking forward to working with us. I've also been in contact with JD Leahy. JD is responsible for collecting and managing the audio for the archive.

I let them know that we were extremely interested in contributing to the project and would be happy to send audio samples from those who wanted to participate.

When the collection of voice samples is complete, we will ship the CDs to the Rosetta Project headquarters in San Francisco, California and submit on behalf of Voices.com voice talent.

Does this sound like something you would like to be a part of?

Regardless of your language, dialect, or accent, all voice recordings are welcome. So, if you speak English, that's OK! I was concerned at first that many may see this as just a collection of foreign languages (that is, foreign to English), but I want to assure you that EVERY language is to be represented.

Please note, this project is meant to document NATIVE speakers of respective languages and dialects within languages. That means no acquired accents or performances - just your natural voice.

Now, here's how we're going to make this work :)

If you are interested, send an email to me with 2 files in it: Your voice recording and a Word or Text document, including the following:

• One :30-60 recording in .WAV format of your natural speaking voice in your native tongue.

• Name the file like this: firstname_lastname_language_dialect.wav

Example: john_doe_english_liverpool.wav

• A word document or text file (.txt) containing:

- A transcription (written version) of your audio recording
- A description of the recording submitted

In your Word Document or Text File, fill out the following fields to help document your recording:

• Title
• Contributors (please specify if they are the interviewer, speaker, transcriber, recorder, etc)
• Any information about the publisher if relevant
• Short description
• Date recorded
• Subject language (Language of interest)
• Any other dialect names or alternate language names
• Information about the sound recording: bit depth, sample rate, where recorded, length, original format (if any), digital format, date digitized (if applicable)
• Your mailing / postal address
• Additional comments, including natal ethnicity, particularly if you have emigrated to a place where your accent is rare.

I suggest that you copy and paste the outline above into your document to save on typing and to best organize the information.

Once they have received your gift courtesy of Voices.com, the Rosetta Project will send you a letter in the mail requesting permission to archive and share your contribution on their website.

For this reason, it is of particular importance that you include your mailing address in the Text file that accompanies your voice recording.

In the brief time that it takes to produce a short voice recording and information sheet about your recording, you'll be well on your way to securing a place in the world for centuries to come.

Ready to get started?

Remember, this call for submissions is only open at Voices.com until December 31st, 2006.

At that time, we will compile all of the recordings and documents, master the audio and courier the CDs to the Rosetta Project.

Those who submit to the Rosetta Project via our website will be acknowledged publicly at Voices.com for their participation.

In order to participate, you will need to (if you don't already) have an account with Voices.com. If you need to set up an account, you can do so by visiting our website and selecting the membership that works best for you.

Looking forward to receiving your email :)



P.S. If you want to help spread the word, link to this post on your blog, website, or tell family and friends about it via email. There's an option to email this post to them at the bottom of the page.

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