Accents From Around the World

I have been working on a project to use a sample dataset from the GMU Accent project to create audio and music. The project has over 2600 samples exploring accents from across the world. Everyone is reading the same text which highlights all the sounds of English. There are a huge variety of speakers and native languages with rich meta data for querying. I've been exploring how this dataset could be used to explore communication and language, interacting with human dancers controlling sample parameterisation through sensor feedback.

In exploring the data I did some simple DSP onset detection to extract all voices saying "train station". While very simple, it is deeply beautiful hearing such a wide pallet of voices.