Finding Your Voice

by Daniel H. Steinberg

We have three pieces this week that hover around the theme of finding your voice. Google CEO Eric Schmidt talks to John Battelle about the corporate voice that Google has taken on. Moshe Cohen is a clown who performs using his voice but no words. In many of his missions, including Clowns Without Borders USA, he cheers people up but also leaves them with a deeper lesson. I've also remixed a piece by David Battino from the Digital Media Insider that looks at how much computer voices have improved. This is the last episode for 2006. (DTF 11-27-2006: 25 minutes, 55 seconds)

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Distributing the Future November 27, 2006: "Finding Your Voice"

0:55 Doing the Right Thing

Google CEO Eric Schmidt talks to Web 2.0 Summit program chair John Battelle in this excerpt from our Web 2.0 podcast. You can subscribe to the audio feed or to the video feed. (6:05)

7:00 Clowning for Good

Moshe Cohen created Clowns Without Borders USA after traveling with the French Clowns Without Borders to Croatia. He talks to us about clowning, sacred mischief, and what he does while performing and teaching. (13:00)

20:00 Computer Voices

I've been experimenting with different podcast forms over the past year. David Battino was kind enough to let me remix the third episode of his Digital Media Insider, in which he looked at computer voices for speaking and singing. Do listen to his full version as well. (5:20)

Total running time: 25:55

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

Special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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