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The consistent presence of sonic textures such as machine noise have significantly shaped the contexts of our hearing. MattysFlicks

Look, our voices sound different now, in case you weren’t listening

The intensity and the consistent presence of sonic textures such as machine noise, distorted high-frequency sounds, midrange drones, sub-sonic hums and the like have significantly shaped the contexts of our hearing.
Typing on a computer keypad could be a thing of the past as voice recognition takes over. Flickr/Brad Wilmot

Out with the keyboard as talk takes over typing

With the recent acquisition by Facebook of voice-recognition company, all four major players in the post-PC market (Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook) now have a significant infrastructure for…
Cate Blanchett plays the voice of Valka in How to Train Your Dragon 2. DreamWorks

Celebrities are silencing career pros in animation voice-work

The release of DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 has once again brought into relief the fact that animated feature films now regularly attract a host of Hollywood stars and high-profile performers…
Like humans, ‘man’s best friend’ can sense our emotions through voice alone. Flickr/TheGiantVermin

Dogs hear human happiness – it’s in his (or her) master’s voice

Dogs really are our best friends. A study published today in Current Biology shows not only do dogs and humans read emotions in each other’s “voices”, but both are more attuned to “happy” sounds. And the…
The pitch of male koalas’ mating calls is about 20 times lower than it should be. wazuluwazu

Grunt work: unique vocal folds give koalas their low-pitched voice

The secret to koalas’ distinctive low-pitched vocalisations has been found, according to a [study published today](…
Stay still, I’ve missed a bit. PA/Tim Whitby

Doing Arnie impressions can activate your brain

The voice is an important tool which we use to communicate and express ourselves. But our voices convey so much more than the words we say. Just a few words can reveal clues about someone’s gender, age…

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