12 Degrees & Skiving

what began as year-long challenge has become perpetual until further notice

Playing around with voice

For a while I’ve been thinking of recording some of my poems as voice and – later down the track – as movie files. It all takes time to learn, and a poem is a very different creature when read aloud as opposed to leaving it a two dimensional creature to bask on screen or page, without the poet inserting his or her wavering vocals into the reader/poem relationship.

I’ve never performed my poetry publicly, never really had the stomach to do so. Besides, I find my recorded voice tinny. But I’ve been playing with Garage Band – a built-in app on my Macbook – and have made a three-track practice-stab at making my voice wafty and wan for your (and my) listening cringe.

This is the first attempt, Eye Smile, which I posted last week. So you can read along, Karaoke-style.

7 comments on “Playing around with voice

  1. angela highstead
    August 24, 2014

    Technophobe Ang can’t get it to play. But have just finished reading Alexander McCall Smith’s spin on W.H Auden. Smith maintains Auden’s poems were meant to be read out loud. He had the privilege of hearing Auden read his own poems and he believed it increased the impact.. Just a thought. Will have another go at the playing. Ciao, ciao. x

    • Kittykatmandoo
      August 25, 2014

      How’d you go with it, Ang? Check volume (I know, simple, but that clinches me, every time!) otherwise when I have a chance I’ll upload a .WAV format, which might be better to play on your system. LOVE Auden, by the way.
      This I remember from my childhood (and later used in my poetry assignment at uni):
      “…the glacier knocks in the cupboard,
      the desert sighs in the bed
      and the crack in the teacup opens
      a lane to the land of the dead….”

    • Kittykatmandoo
      August 26, 2014

      Ang, I’ve created a new version. Try it now and let me know xx

  2. Jane Dougherty
    August 25, 2014

    I’m impressed! You don’t have a tinny voice at all, and the effects are beautiful, makes a sort of three-dimensional sound.

    • Kittykatmandoo
      August 25, 2014

      Thank you, Jane…Too kind 😉
      As things lose their frenetic edge here I can spend more than half an hour on it.
      Will swing by your site shortly, I promise. I still need a twin these days!!

      • Jane Dougherty
        August 25, 2014

        The frenetic energy is cranking up a notch here. School doesn’t start until next week.

  3. A Highstead
    August 27, 2014

    Yes Smith was right reading out loud certainly adds impact – beautiful. In Sydney at the moment and off to Alaska tomorrow.

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