By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 20, 2012
Do you hear voices?
Voice overs have worked themselves into our daily lives and few pause to consider how our perceptions have been shaped by various characters and advertising campaigns using voice.
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Recently I listened to a CBC radio program called Under the Influence hosted by Terry O'Reilly. This particular episode, Voices of Influence, featured voice overs and I thought it might serve as an interesting topic for discussion.
A voice director by trade, O'Reilly shared that he is in a constant state of listening to and analyzing voices.
The episode opened with clips of Canadian actor Douglas Rain voicing HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey and prominently featured game changing uses of voice over for companies such as MasterCard.
The show, which ran for approximately 25 minutes, comprised of some "guess that voice" mixed in with history, psychology, humourous anecdotes, a debate on the effectiveness of celebrity voices in commercials and O'Reilly's unique insight as a voice director.
Carolyn Hopkins, voice of over 200 airports around the world as well as subway platforms and weather warnings, was featured 3/4 of the way through the show. The role of professional female voices in general is also discussed as well as some very surprising facts about the origin of telephone operator voices at AT&T. Apple's iPhone 4S assistant SIRI also makes an appearance.
A number of celebrity voices were discussed and spots galore were played for context.
If you'd like to listen to the podcast episode, you can subscribe to Under The Influence in iTunes.
I'd be curious if any of you hear your voices on this program!
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Looking forward to hearing from you!
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