World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking’s now iconic voice is not unique to him. People around the world with speech disabilities— young and old, male and female—speak with the exact same robotic voice.
When I heard Rupal Patel’s Ted Talk I felt an immediate connection and wanted to be of service to this woman’s amazing cause: giving people suffering from speech disabilities more human voices.
Today, over 2.4 million Americans suffering from speech disabilities have lost that part of their personality. They can choose from only a handful of computerized voices to speak, causing most to live with voices that don’t at all fit who they are.
By mixing healthy donor voices with sounds produced by those suffering from speech disabilities, VocaliD is able to create rich, vibrant synthetic voices unique to each voice recipient. Radio, which focuses solely on ones voice, was the perfect medium for this project.
2016 NEW YORK FESTIVALS | SECOND PRIZE
VocaliD: Know My Voice | Craft
2015 MERCURY AWARDS | WINNER
VocaliD: Know My Voice | Agency/Production
2015 MERCURY AWARDS | FINALIST
VocaliD: Know My Voice | Most Innovative Use of Radio
2015 LONDON INTERNATIONAL AWARDS | GOLD
VocaliD: Know My Voice | Script Writing
2015 LONDON INTERNATIONAL AWARDS | SILVER
VocaliD: Know My Voice, Ask Not | Public Service/Social Welfare Campaign