P Comp Final Project

Title: Sing-Song

What it is: A visual and musical representation of the Trinidad and Tobago language.

To hear a Trinidadian speak, is to hear a song being sung. The speech is often remarked for its “sing-song” intonation – a rising and falling inflection.

For my final project, I aim to celebrate the beautiful and unique sound of the language. To present the concept that no matter what your language, you are unique and your sound is indeed beautiful.

  1. Using a microphone as input, I want the user to record him/herself saying a vocabulary word.
  2. The unique sound of word would be analyzed, which shows the rising and falling inflection.
  3. A panel will be created to house record, stop and play buttons. The user will utilize these to record their speech.
  4. The rising/falling inflection of each word will be translated into a P5 sketch
  5. and (possibly) into music and a physical drawing

Physical Interface

An enclosure will house the buttons for recording and playing the sound. A microphone and speaker will also be included in the box.

My audience: Anyone. It would be a playful experience to hear folks speaking words from my language and attempt to do so with the ‘Trini” accent. Though it might sound strange to them, I want my audience to see and hear that this unknown foreign dialect can be beautiful.

Inspiration:

The sketches produced by the sound of the word would ideally display vibrant colors. I was inspired by these images.

 

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