August 24, 2015
James Scott Balentine, UTSA composer, and Bruce Balentine, librettist and speech technology consultant with Enterprise Integration Group (EIG, Inc), presented a talk at the SpeechTek 2015 conference in New York City in August on their opera, My New Voice. The presentation, entitled Singing in the Wilderness: Edge Applications in Speech Technology, included recorded excerpts from the opera by UTSA music faculty Linda Poetschke and John Nix. The opera is about Trevor, a disabled writer and inventor who cannot speak, and who yearns to use his synthesized voice to sing. Balentine and Balentine are continuing to research the technology in creative ways that have implications for both the speech recognition and synthesis field, as well as new techniques in electronic music and performance, and have tentative plans for a 2017 premiere at an experimental opera festival in London.
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