The phone rings. She answers. It's one of those calls – a synthetic voice jabbering away. But this time it’s different. This time the voice seems to know things about her that it shouldn’t. Then there are more voices, and more voices and she finds herself in the midst of a crowd of synthetic characters all peppering her with questions and not always agreeing on just what it is they want to know.

One woman perpetually plugged into a digital world that is unraveling as she listens. This is the comically surreal world of ‘Your Call…’ Where the synthetic voices know more than they should and won’t stop talking and singing about it.

Your Call...' grew out of work Kevin did as a part of the CreST (Creative Speech Technology) Network, a research project based at the University of York, UK. The CreST Network was a collaborative effort which brought together practitioners from science and the arts, all of whom work with the voice. Poets met with programmers, composers met with speech technology engineers, writers met with speech therapists and they began exploring the intersections of art and science and the process of building a common language for working with voice technology.

This two year project culminated in 'Articulate,' the first ever concert of music for live and synthetic voices, presented at the Woodend Gallery, Scarborough U.K. in January of 2013. It was at this concert that the first bits of 'Your Call...' were performed.

I am thrilled to be working with British Mezzo Soprano Lisa J. Coates on this piece. Lisa is an extremely talented singer and actress whose repertory covers a wide range of periods and styles, with a particular emphasis on Twentieth-Century art song, contemporary music,  and contemporary music theatre.

Working with Lisa on this project has been a joy and I look forward to our continued collaboration. The picture is from our performance in the York Festival of ideas

You can find out more about Lisa here.

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‘Your Call...’ a music theater event

Featuring Lisa J. Coates

August 7 & 8, 8:30 both nights

Synthetic voice software for 'Your Call...' has been graciously provided by Cereproc Ltd., an Edinburgh based speech technology company. Technical assistance has been provided by Bruce Balentine, Chief Scientist, EIG Labs, Zurich. Thanks go to Dr. Christopher Newell and Dr. Alistair Edwards, Directors of the CreST Network. And a special thanks to William Brooks at the University of York whose help and encouragement has been invaluable.

If you’re in London this summer please come see ‘Your Call...’  on August 7 & 8 at Kings Place, 8:30 both nights.

Hope to see you there.