Fake-voice generator may bring actors’ voices back from the grave

The globeandmail.com reports that voices from beyond the grave might sound like an apt movie title at this time of year, but thanks to the work of Alexandre de Brébisson and his colleagues, it might well be the hook that gives their fledgling business a firm footing.

In March, Mr. de Brébisson teamed with two other University of Montreal students to found Lyrebird after developing speech synthesis software that can copy anyone’s voice and make it say anything.

As a result, the film industry may be able to accurately carry on recording voice-overs for animated movies long after the owners of those voices have passed away.

“Movie makers are really interested,” he says. “In their case, they want to freeze the voices of their actors, so if the actor ages or dies, they will still have a copy of their voice that they can use.”

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