Listen: Dallas Taylor, Dr Marvin Monroe, Sonos discussed on Twenty Thousand Hertz
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It's my voice communicating these stories and it's super weird and I hate my voice just as much as you do and it's not like I've ever considered myself a vocalist of any sort but there was this one time last winter here where I completely lost my voice but I had to record an episode and no idea what to do so as you do. I posed the question to twitter asking for advice and was completely blown away. When one of my childhood heroes responded and we were recording this Harry Shearer you might not know his name but you've definitely gently heard him. He was a cast member on Saturday night live. He was Derek smalls in the movie spinal tap and he's the voice of many characters on the Simpsons Oakley steamed Hams uh-huh. That's what I go hamburgers. Is it wrong to cheat in order to win a million dollar bet asser. Is it wrong if I cheat now. Zor in addition to acting and voice acting is also been on the radio for decades well. That's where I started. That's were I've had a foothold old for coming on thirty five years now as a so-called grownup so I've probably been more of a regular presence on radio than any other medium so this is someone who knows how to use his voice and after he responded to my tweet with a recipe for a throat soothing drink figured why not take this moment and set up an interview and see see what else I could learn from a voice master. There's a world of effects you can create with the voice and with these tools that we have that can can both spellbinding listener and take a listener into a world of imagination the visual kind of overwhelms and wipes out and you can spend literally literally millions of dollars of CGI were trying to create an effect that the listeners imagination to create very easily just with uh sound a a few words all we need our voice to tell a story and sound can elevate that to another level but there are so many nuances that make our voice engaging this can take it years to master and our voice is very fragile so it's incredibly important to find ways to protect it. My wife is a singer and her dad was an opera opera singer and she taught me his warm ups than most tired. My voice gets is doing what we're doing right now talking in some version of my actual actual voice so. I always warm up before that certainly if I'm GonNa do Simpson's or stuff from my radio show. She just you know taught me. That's the essential thing thanks to warm up and it's about a ten minute routine and then she also taught me. I think what I suggested to you which is apple cider vinegar honey and hot water and then someone else added an I sometimes we'll do this as well some garlic and lemon juice to the preceding ingredients. Are there certain voices that are more difficult or strenuous. Oh Yeah Oh yeah the decision as to how character sounded handed to call it a decision to dignify unsuitably because it was basically just a sort of a stab and intuitive leap. I'll call it if I wanted to. dignify it at all in the beginning do the show. I don't know about anybody else in the cast but I know I didn't see any drawings really yeah yea only saw was script and like a one sentence description of the character so it's really just thinking sounds like this and if you had told me then you're going to be doing this voice for thirty years. There are several voices this is. I would have changed how they were done. Auto my omb is it. I was wasting my time. Anything I even more particularly character. They mercifully finally killed off Dr Marvin Monroe who sometimes reappears magically from the dead had on a Halloween show if you had been paying attention. Perhaps you noticed that your family sees you as a rather stern father figure an ogre for if you will Marvin Monroe was designed to be as grading as humanly possible he was a family counselor who is supposed to you know have a benevolent into kind of reassuring bedside manner but I think it was written into the description that he had just this horrible voice that was grading and totally went against the grain of the effect. He was supposed to have on people so that's what I did but I mean it was not good on the cords and Otto I will say this. We do that at the end of every session. You know I can deal with your problem or I can rock out but I cannot do both establishing a warmup routine and having a concoction to clean out your pipes are great first steps to vocal health but waiting into this world of using my voice professionally. I realized there's so much more than just voice health. There's breathing. There's phrasing and of course there's the pronunciation of words what's better known as diction. I haven't heard the word diction used used in public in so many years because people seem to have forgotten about it. Yeah I mean listen the way people talk. I never thought of myself as dialect Titian and if you listen to some of my accent's cents on the simpsons you'd agree with me but it's just my observation of what I've seen tend to emphasize pronunciation as a key to an accent or dialing when doing doing an accent here he says it's actually inflection that can make it believable instead of the diction. You've learned the inflection of the way your parents talk before. You knew what they meant. You don't don't make a mistake with that and so a musical ear will clue you into the music that each accent in codes and you can make dozens of mistakes with pronunciation and still sound like you're doing the accident.."