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eSpeak featuring Hugo Ball - »Totenklage« (I) read by eSpeak (German​/​Deutsch)

from Vocology #02: »Dada Data Wrecking Ball« by TTS engines reading Hugo Ball / Edited by Martyn Schmidt.



Written by Hugo Ball in 1916 while World War I.


eSpeak - speaking in german, speed: - 1

eSpeak is derived from the "Speak" speech synthesizer for British English for Acorn RISC OS computers which was originally written in 1995 by Jonathan Duddington.
eSpeak provides two methods of synthesis: the original eSpeak synthesizer and a Klatt synthesizer.The eSpeak and Klatt synthesizers use different types of formant synthesis.

The eSpeak synthesizer creates voiced speech sounds such as vowels and sonorant consonants by adding together sine waves to make the formant peaks. Unvoiced consonants such as /s/ are made by playing recorded sounds. Voiced consonants such as /z/ are made by mixing a synthesized voiced sound with a recorded unvoiced sound.

The Klatt synthesizer mostly uses the same formant data as the eSpeak synthesizer. It produces voiced sounds by starting with a waveform which is rich in harmonics (simulating the vibration of the vocal cords) and then applying digital filters in order to produce speech sounds.





tabla tokta tokta takabla
taka tak

Babula m'balam
tak tru – ü
wo – um
biba bimbel
o kla o auwa
kla o auwa
la – auma

o kla o ü
la o auma
klinga – o – e – auwa
ome o-auwa
klinga inga M ao – Auwa
omba dij omuff pomo – auwa

tro-u-ü o-a-o-ü
gomun guma zangaga gago blagaga
szagaglugi m ba-o-auma
szaga szago
szaga la m'blama
bschigi bschigo
bschigi bschigi
bschiggo bschiggo
goggo goggo
a-o –auma


from Vocology #02: »Dada Data Wrecking Ball«, released February 22, 2015


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