Mélia Roger (born in 1996) is an artist and sound designer based in Zurich (Switzerland). Her work explores the soundscape of media and technology, by looking at the intimate connection between individuals and networks. She holds a sound engineering degree from the National Superior School Louis-Lumière (Paris) and she is now continuing a further academic research in the master of Transdisciplinary Studies at the Zurich University of the Arts, collaborating on acoustic ecology and soundscape streaming projects.
Hacking vocal identity
Voice technology has reached a level where it is possible to create credible speech synthesis, close to human characteristics and specific vocal signature. What are the tools to hack someone’s vocal identity? Is our voice protected online? In this talk, Melia will explain her own approach to build a vocal clone of herself. By presenting "the voice is voices", a sound installation also shown in Le Pavillon in Namur, you will experience this doubt, this ambiguity between a « real voice » and its artificial twin. Can a vocal clone give a glimpse of our identity?