And next year’s words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot,
So my voice is a thing that happens. It’s strange to listen to a recording of yourself speaking normally vs a recording made with a purpose for other people to listen to. The clarity and tone of voice used changes depending on the reason you’re recording yourself.
For our first assignment, we had to record our own voices and write about them. Our voices sound differently to listen back to because of how our bodies receive sound vibrations.
Somethings I noticed about my voice that I hadn’t picked up on before.
- My voice is more ‘gruff’ than I knew. I use my throat to talk a lot therefore my voice makes a crackling sound when speaking.
- My voice is higher than I originally thought it was, especially when the subject I’m talking about is something that excites me or when I’m exclaiming someone’s name. My pitch changes depending on the subject but my voice is definitely higher than I though.
- I have a strange accent. I’m originally from the Midlands but my accent has been influences by TV and Film therefore creating a slight American tone.
- My most used utterances are ‘Yeah’, ‘Erm’ and various swear words that I’d rather not write on something connected to my university…
Here are a few more things I noticed about my voice from the recording.
I would say that my articulation is quite good. I slow down on words that I find more difficult to pronounce as to get them right. This is because when I speak too fast I stumble over words therefore I take longer to say words that might be more challenging to say aloud. I do, however, have a slight lisp and therefore have problems with the ‘s’ sound which means that they are more drawn out in sentences than are particularly necessary. Necessary being a difficult word to get right first time. My articulation does change depending on how confident I am with a sentence/ the words involved and how fast I might be speaking.
My speech alternates between being very clear to being quite muttered and blurred together. Usually my utterances are quite easily understandable however if I speak too fast, the recording shows me taking a second to breath before repeating what I was trying to say.
My speech slows down when there are words that I might want to avoid saying. In the recording I noticed that if a sentence with a lot of ‘s’ sounds is approaching then I slow down that whole section of speech as to make the longer ‘s’ sounds I make fit in with everything else. I’ve noticed that if I speak faster, I mess up more words than when I speak slower and have a clear plan of what I’m planning on articulating.
The tone of my words change depending on the meaning behind them. For example, when asking a question my intonation goes up therefore making my utterance a question.
My voice is quite strong and I find it easy to project across a room without shouting.
I tend to say a lot of words all in one breath which either makes my words rushed or sound quite confident. If I’m having trouble pronouncing something, I breath before attempting to say the word which ends up breaking up sentences. Practicing how to breath whilst speaking will help this quite a bit.
Recording and analysing my voice has allowed me to pinpoint where the problems in my speech are therefore this could help me in the long term. I’m looking forward to learning more about how my voice works and how to make this better through my university courses.