Imagining An Old Timey World With 'InstaVox'

What if there was an app that did for your voice what Instagram does for you photos? We propose InstaVox — an app that takes speech and applies different filters. Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel have more.

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Instagram turns modern photos into images reminiscent of snapshots from long ago. But that clever tool omits something that we appreciate here in radio: sound. Suppose a determined app developer could give us a way to filter our modern voices into how people sounded long ago? A touch of audio nostalgia.


And to save that hypothetical genius the trouble, we already have a name for this important new app: We'll call it InstaVox. It would replace our present-day remarks, our syntax, our idioms with a retro sound shared instantly with friends on Facebook, Twitter or any other site. Merely speak into your InstaVox app, as you would normally...

SIEGEL: Hey. Listen up, dudes. Stop freaking out about the economy. We're going to be OK.

CORNISH: the Great Depression filter, and out comes...

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT: Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

SIEGEL: Or say the phrase...

CORNISH: O-M-G. You guys rock. We've had so much fun together. Can we do it again?

SIEGEL: And select the British Royal filter, and you get a young Princess Elizabeth.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II: In wishing you all good evening, I feel that I am speaking to friends and companions who have shared with my sister and myself many a happy children's hour.

CORNISH: Develop it. When someone buys you out for a couple billion dollars, remember your local public radio station at fundraising time.

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