Democratic Renewal with a Techno Backbeat

I went a little wild this afternoon taking the White Paper on Democratic Renewal, released in the Legislative Assembly today, and liberating it from its PDF prison into a variety of more open formats (like ePub, HTML and plain text). 

Once the text was out there in the open, I kept right on going, pasting the plain text into TextEdit in my Mac and using the OS X “Add to iTunes as Spoken Track” to convert the text into speech.  I then brought the resulting MP3 into GarageBand and added a techo backing track, and then uploaded the result to SoundCloud.

While the text-to-speech is clunky and awkward by times, it’s still remarkably good, and I’m surprised by how much more listenable it becomes with its techo backing.


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Andrew MacPherson on July 10, 2015 - 11:32 Permalink

Lovely. I wonder if you do a fiddle version too. I can contribute some tracks from my grandfather's old PEI fiddling LPs. Democratic Renewal shouldn't just be for hipsters. :)