Thoughts of a geek

6 February 2009

Sing sing sing

Filed under: Computers, Humourous — Tags: , , , , — qwandor @ 12:28 am

I recently discovered that Festival (the text-to-speech software) has a mode for singing. After listening to some of the examples, I decided that the appropriate thing to do would be to get it to sing “Still Alive”, a song written by Jonathan Coulton as the theme song for a video game called Portal. I have not in fact played Portal (I am not a gamer), but I think the song is cool and it works quite well with a synthesised voice.

Anyway, I present to you the results of painstakingly entering the song from the sheet music: Festival singing “Still Alive” (or, if you prefer, the Ogg Vorbis version).

If you are interested in playing around with it, take a look at the XML file I entered to tell Festival how to sing it.



  1. Awesome dude 😀

    Comment by Katie — 13 August 2009 @ 10:08 pm

  2. […] would be a matter of running the lyrics and melody through Festival’s singing mode (as I have played with before), synthesise a few instruments and some drums for the rest of it, and mix it all together, ready to […]

    Pingback by Thoughts of a geek — 8 September 2009 @ 11:14 pm

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