MATRIXSYNTH: Vocoding with Lucille Ball - Machine Made Voices! (1939)

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Vocoding with Lucille Ball - Machine Made Voices! (1939)


Published on Apr 13, 2014 British Pathé

A bit more talk box than vocoder, but you get the idea.

"Titles read: "MACHINE MADE VOICES!"

Hollywood, California, United States of America.

In a Hollywood CBS recording studio we see American film star actress Lucille Ball telling us she has just travelled cross-country by train. She holds two small amplifiers against her throat and mouths some words. The amplifiers transform the sound of a steam train coming from a record into 'steam train words' picked up by Lucille's larynx. I cannot make out all of them - the last are "Hello everybody".

Three technician men sit at a table wearing headphones and making notes. Lucille does another demonstration - this one seems to be 'cow words' - very difficult to decipher. I guess it was still in the early stages!
FILM ID:1196.1

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1 comment:

  1. I _think_ the "cow words" are along the lines of "hello.... ferdinand... come to momma..."

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