In 2015 I was given my great great aunties diaries from the 1930s, 1940s, the small diaries had entries for almost every day, normally a sentence or two.
Reading the content of these diaries and having memories from childhood of my great great auntie, I wished I could have heard these entries in her voice. She passed away over 20 years ago in a different technological time.
Having searched VHS tapes from the 90s I could only find 5 words of her speaking.
It got me thinking who in my life today do I wish I could hear again and also what about myself. I have spoken at conferences, been a guest on podcasts and have more family videos on my phone all previous generations. BUT do I have enough recordings of my voice for my great great great grandchildren to hear how I sound or to hear a bedtime story in the future read by me.
This was where voiceOK started. Lee Mallon (Founder)
A voice backup is ensuring you have enough audio recorded that you sound all the phonemes in your language. It is phonemes that make up words and that create the sound of how you speak.
It takes at least 2,000 sentences to capture the phonemes in your speech, though the more you record, the better the quality. All you have to do then is store these audio files somewhere safe. Your recordings can then be used to create a digitise version of your voice today or in 1,000 years.
The key, the objective, the purpose is to have those recordings saved... Just incase.