Considered the first electrical speech synthesizer, VODER (Voice Operation DEmonstratoR) was developed by Homer Dudley at Bell Labs and demonstrated at both the 1939 New York World’s Fair and the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition. Difficult to use and difficult to operate, VODER nonetheless paved the way for future machine-generated speech.
A friend of mine showed me this video on youtube and I had no idea speech synthesis was this old! Too cool not to share with my readers!
This is a really amazing song originally composed by Bosukete P (Bosukete-P) Originally sung by KAITO & MEIKO http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/nm4342917 Teto cover by naruko http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm14023676.
The vocal on this song was made using the software UTAU, which is a Japanese singing synthesizer, similar to the Vocoloid one by Yamaha, but UTAU is freeware. The voicebank used here is Kasane Teto, one of the more popular UTAO voices. I’ve become obsessed with this technology as of late and am desperately trying to learn how to use it so I can post a good tutorial of it in the future. In the meantime, you can enjoy this amazing song and entertaining video!