Music Technology Lessons
(Left) Example of a finished cartoon that 'speaks'. (Flash 355 KB) Press the 'Play' button on the desk to hear the cartoon.
This is a smaller 'head' than I use with the students. The words synchronize fairly well to the phonemes (shapes) of our voices. Individual frames can be changed to the correct phoneme if one is out of place.
Each character has approximately 14-16 viseme cards (pictures) that make up the formation of words.
Some examples of the students can be heard on the Music Quizzes and Instrument Help pages.
* To review the brief study on sound waves and applications.
* To take the sound wave lesson and add the sound waves of students' voices to cartoon characters in Flash.
* Computer(s) with a recent edition of the full Macromedia Flash program installed (such as Flash MX2004 or higher).
* VocaliseWav program, a plug-in extension to Flash.
* Pre-made graphics to use with the VocaliseWav program. A few graphic heads are included with the purchase of VocaliseWav.
* Microphones to record voices into the computer.
Procedures: (Review) Students should review what a sound wave is and how it is used in computer applications. Students should have completed the Sound Wave lesson before completing this lesson. Students will use a microphone to record their voices into the Sound Recorder program on a Windows computer.
(New) Students will read from a paper describing various instructions related to activities on our website. Students will record this information into the computer using a microphone. Using the VocaliseWav plug-in, the students will import their voice into the Flash program and apply it to one of the cartoon characters. Immediately after importing their voice, students can play their cartoon clip on the computer (see student video clip below). The sounds / phonemes from their voices will match the words spoken by the computer. Students should speak very clearly into the microphone so the mouth of the cartoon character will match their words.
If the phoneme does not match the voice, it can be changed on individual frames. There are approximately 12 - 30 frames per second created. The editing has to be completed before importing the final character into your Flash animation. A screen shot of the program is shown below.
A Video of a student recording his voice into the program is shown below. (Large file - 1.5 MB Flash Video - Flash Player 8).