I feel like I am very in tune with the research mentioned in this video.
Frank Simms is the man behind the voice of the infamous brick-busting Kool-Aid man seen in so many commercials throughout the '90s. He does not look like what he sounds like. Those eyes though...they truly are scary!
Damn, this went way deeper than I thought it would. But overall, an excellent dissection of how Kanye is carrying hip-hop forward with some creative uses of his own voice.
You may not know his name but you probably know his voice. Here's Elwood Edwards, the voice behind the iconic AOL "Welcome" greeting along with several other iconic AOL spoken messages like "You've Got Mail!" and "Files Done!".
Here are some more articles about AOL!
I'm going to sum up this video with this: Hillary Clinton sometimes sounds like nobody. And when she sounds like nobody from nowhere, she veers into that weird place where she starts sounding like a robot (think maybe a slightly more pleasant-sounding Siri or maybe even Google assistant). It's just slightly less human than most and apparently it irks a lot of people.
Whether you agree or disagree with her policies, you have to admit that this video was pretty interesting. I'd love for The Atlantic to do this to all of the candidates.
This is definitely one of the more interesting articles I've read over at The Atlantic. I've always wondered why YouTubers talk the way they do. I could never quite put my finger on the exact reason why I noticed this nor could I ever really explain it well enough for somebody else to understand. I always just boiled it down to something you have to hear over the course of watching hundreds, maybe thousands, of YouTube videos. Sadly (or not) that's something I've actually done.
So what is this "YouTube voice"? Well, Julie Beck did some research and with the help of Naomi Baron, a professor of linguistics at American University, boiled the "YouTube Voice" down to several distinct characteristics such as stressed consonants and vowels and often unnecessary elongations of words. If you don't have any idea of what that might mean, The Atlantic article has links to very good examples.