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101 Words – 095

VoiceOver Piece, for Tessa (a South African voice)

Ag ja you know. I mean I've said it a hundred times before. 
You can't just. I mean. Ja.

What we need to do is…
And then we can.

Like ja we should. I mean it's like I said,
But ja you never can tell you know.

No man I'm telling you…
It's not that. 
Ja, no,
It's just that
Ja. 

Okay.  
I don't know.
Ja. I just keep coming back to the same thing again and again, 

And then just when you think…

No. You realize…

I'm not sure what you said.  
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101 Words – 081

Screen Reader Piece for Hilbert, with a nod to Vagn Steen.

Move down one line.
You read to the right.
Move up one line.
You read to the right. 
Move down one line.
Left the to read you. 
Move down one line.
Move down another line.
You read to the right.
Move up one line.
You read to the right.
Move down one line. 
You read to the right.
Move up one line.
Move up another line.
Left the to read you.
Move up one line.
You read to the right.

You have now reached the end of the second curve.
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101 Words – 079

VoiceOver Nocturne – speak selection:

Ki kri ki kri Kurrr ki kri Ki Kurrr kri ki kri Kurrr ki kri Ki Kurrr kri ki kri ki kri Kurrr Ki kri ki kri ki kri Ki kri ki kri ki kri Ki Kurrr kri ki kri ki Kurrr kri Ki kri Kurrr ki kri ki Kurrr kri Ki kri Kurrr ki kri ki kri Ki Kurrr kri ki kri ki  

Turns out that VoiceOver on iOS automatically selects the Hungarian Eszter for the block of text above when using “speak selection” – which gives a more satisfactory result from a sound point of view.

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101 Words – 078

Playing around with VoiceOver trying to make a little sound-text nocturne. The interesting thing is that even though the text fragment simply repeats VoiceOver gradually changes pitch over the course of the block.

Select the black box and listen via “speak selection”:

Ki kri ki kri ki kri  Ki kri ki kri ki kri Ki kri ki kri ki kri  Ki kri ki kri ki kri Ki kri ki kri ki kri Ki kri ki kri ki kri  Ki kri ki kri ki kri Ki kri ki kri ki kri Ki kri ki kri ki kri Ki kri ki kri.
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101 Words – 065

Another aspect of creating sound poems for screen readers is that the way they interpret the text is by no means consistent. Some of the older voices on my Mac read certain combinations of letters individually whereas the more recent voices (including all of those on iOS) combine them into a single word. Another tricky thing is getting the reader to make pauses. New lines, even with the inclusion of periods, are interpreted differently depending on how VoiceOver is activated. Activating speech via a context click on my Mac gives different results from triggering the same selection via a keyboard shortcut.

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101 Words – 064

I’ve been experimenting with sound-poems created especially for screen readers. Text-to-Speech, long a feature on Macs, is now also very convenient to use on iOS 9: Settings → General → Accessibility → Speech: Speak Selection, Speak Screen. (My universe is admittedly Apple centric, so I’d be curious if anyone would care to send results recorded on Android or Windows.)

The fun part has been experimenting with how to coax VoiceOver into making sounds that are not necessarily the words of everyday speech. Including a vowel in a crazy combination of consonants so that it doesn’t read the letters individually, for example.

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101 Words – 063

Screen Reader Pieces:

1.

kshdku.
kshdka.

kshdko.

kshdke.
kshudk

Kshdku.
Kshfffdka Kshdka.
Kshdko Ksfffffmhdko.

kshdke
kshudk

Kshutdk tscihm.

2.

tscihm
tscihm
tscihm

tsscihmmmm
tsssscihm

tsci, tscih, tscihm.
tsckihm, tsckhehm, tscihm.
tscihm, tscih, tscihm. 

tsci tsci tsci

qukrtqsckho tscki tscki
qukr

um
am
uhm
aahm

eekr
kretqschka

3.


chka
schka
qschka
tqschka
rtqschka
wrtqschka
qwrtqschka

ertqschka
etqschka 

etqsch
etqsc
etqs
ets
et
e

easily

4.

and so it came to be 
that in the interim, 
the x were comprised of x, 
leading to a situation 
in which x, 
the sum of x, 
effectively x, 
tried…

5.

ktahktah
ktahktah
ktahktahktahk
tahktahktahktah
ktahktahktahktahktah
tahktahktahktahktahkt
ahktahktahktah
tahktah
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101 Words – 062

Today, unless you’re reading this via RSS, the text has been obscured. Select the black bars below and use your screen reader to listen to them:


one
day the 
the man got
man got his big
got his big kit out 
his big buy out
big act out
kit out
out

one 
day the 
the man got 
man got his big 
got his big cry out 
his big art out
big toy out
cry out
out

one   
day the   
the man got   
man got his big   
got his big hit out  
his big pay out  
big run out  
hit out   
out
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