‘Hello, this is a test!’ for Opticon

The walk alone wrangler rubs on; prone brown lands at end of term where were they when I started to be a pack rider? Oh Margaretta, the colour of the day with Todd I find the same.

To YouTube, part 2, no stable page. Thank you again little Joy. Oh when with English college now we will say thanks again; let her know everything, letter now, will they think again.

Please call Dover, cross bringing Sinclair with her store chicks and room crutch, of low hue. Oh please call teller after bringing things with performance. When you hear the bell come quickly when we will be here again, here, here.

Pitch acquisition hopes bias. Live on 66, love the blue hue. Demo bandsman pro, brother Bob, when you hear the bells come quickly. Awed by every word and phrase, thickset its true, you ordered pizza in High Wycombe, fine cream in Bedford St. Shot off reverend words and Brady checked the bedroom for loose wards judged pure. It had the top of every word or phrase.

The beach withdrew, it’s Gordon’s pizza pie with ice cream. Stray time now will save on owing or can actually join them with grace. Will I need more empathic crag for Victoria and an interim 3 in redbrick. At the train station the young girl gave no clearer balm.

We will go meet there Wednesday to uncoil a chequer-room wall. Adamant, I may any time now, I will say my name again. Does Victoria make alarm to call no one? The pleasure of your company at what time I ought to enjoy it, and take the comb, bee, choral pitch.

She called anew one man many times. Rubble born rude laugh celebrate the room, cheek the data from you soon. From you soon, criteria for the words which cue the actor to leave; “Go now, come here later; the end of the month.”

Lovefilm (GM) to groom, it’s there restrain the words with cube at 22. From my key and young games show me a way; no getting away from markers. Read for Angela? A pleasure, thanks that’s lovely, but make it plain and clear you know.

Darker now, we will play that again if you mumble. A live tune now getting away from my Blue Riviera, with low pressure the loss makes it rain. Your peach, paper and willow failure. William will you please answer the phone?

Localise the larynx, if you mumble your picture will crack, will gamble deviantly. Little poets and all the others, what a to-do, glacial cold tales of ice.

Hello! this is a test. Tell Dover the world knows. Rattle jobs while tailor, to brighten little tattler, night toiler. Hell, if I were to tell the death of wells, now we will tell Will again, tomorrow people, Hush, groaning buckets saying nothing.

Mark Leahy


This text began with a selection from the Harvard Sentences (a), and then other text including phrases from the Modified Rhyme Test, and panphones were added (b). This collage (a + b) was then read aloud to an Android tablet and converted to a new text using Google speech to text software (c). The new text (c) was then read to the tablet and a second conversion was performed (d). That second resulting text (d) has had punctuation added to produce the text seen here (e).

Harvard Sentences are a corpus of short statements developed for use in testing audio output, stability and consistency in VOIP, telephone and other systems, and have been used to assess the effectiveness of voice synthesis and voice scanning tools. They are equivalent to other standard test models such as the ‘Hello, world” programme and the television test card. A panphone is a sentence or passage of speech that uses all the phonemes of that spoken language usually in a short a space as possible. One version was written by Neal Whitman for use in Mission Impossible III. The Modified Rhyme Test is a standard set of 50 six-word rhyming monosyllable word sets. It is used to test intelligibility of speech over communication systems. The installed Google speech to text software in part matches the audio input to words stored on the user’s Google account, meaning that familiar proper names and other items appear in the text conversions.

This version was edited and uploaded following a call from Nathan Jones for contributions to a booksprint as part of Torque #2: The  Act of Reading at Tate Liverpool 7-8 February 2015.

Published in The Opticon: A Newspaper on Privacy and Surveillance