Sunday, January 9, 2011

Moving House, and other noises

Well, after enjoying my blogging time at Wordpress, I've decided for reasons of my own to "move house", as it were, to Blogger instead.

Old posts prior to the move can still be seen at, and I'd recommend if you haven't seen my blog before, that you go and pay a visit - we had some outrageous fun at times, and the memories are very enjoyable.

So what's new? Well, I'm finally on skype, and I've finally mastered the art of high-quality sound recordings, so now I can produce audio tracks for meditations or hypnosis. Over time I'll be looking at producing a simple range of recordings like that for sale. 

The main reason, though, was so that when putting people through my "Become a Non-Smoker" programme, I can give them a recorded meditation to do to support the work we've done together in the session, that is tailored to them and their particular issues individually, rather than being like the many "one size fits all" quit smoking hypnosis CDs that have become very popular sellers recently. Something that is set up for you personally is always going to be more useful to you than something set up to match "the average person".

So yes, I'm excited about this, and I've made myself a recording that I've used a few times to help me with an issue of my own. It's very strange listening to a good-quality version of your own voice: I'm used to poor quality versions like telephone answering machines or voicemail, and I'm extremely used to hearing my voice through the sounding board of my own head, where the voice reverberates through my skull as a sounding-board before reaching the ears.

The recordings I have made tell me my voice is higher and clearer - and very much younger - than it sounds to me: to me, my voice sounds deeper and just ordinary. A friend of mine who still works at the radio station where I used to work many years ago and has a pleasant, mid-range male voice, claims he doesn't like hearing good-quality audio of his own voice although sometimes it is unavoidable: he thinks his voice as others hear it sounds "too deep", which implies that to him, his voice sounds higher-pitched. I think he has quite a pleasant voice and not too deep at all. So listening to his voice through his ears makes his voice sound higher, and listening to my voice through my ears makes my voice sound deeper. I am surprised by this - I would have thought there would have been a standard deviation.

How many of you have had a chance to listen to a really good-quality recording of your own voice? What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to Blogspot Nisaba!

    I like listening to the sound of my own voice about as much as I like having my photo taken (not). Hmmm, what does that say about me psychologically speaking? :)