Why do all our voices sound different?
Sep 5, 2010 at 12:41 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 19

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What has science come up with.. I find it mind boggling myself if you really look at it.. Same with the lines on our hands & our finger prints.. How can we be so unique, yet so the same?
 
Sep 7, 2010 at 6:09 AM Post #4 of 19

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Wikipedia is your friend!
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_folds
 
Sep 7, 2010 at 8:14 PM Post #6 of 19

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What has science come up with.. I find it mind boggling myself if you really look at it.. Same with the lines on our hands & our finger prints.. How can we be so unique, yet so the same?


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Well I think it's cause the size of our vocal cords are all different. Same with different sets of eyes, hair color, height, etc. We all have different genetic presentations of pretty much the same sets of genes, just slightly different in the end. 
 
Sep 7, 2010 at 9:39 PM Post #8 of 19

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What has science come up with.. I find it mind boggling myself if you really look at it.. Same with the lines on our hands & our finger prints.. How can we be so unique, yet so the same?


Genetic variation is what causes the differences between human beings, in addition to epigenetics and environment.
 
Sep 9, 2010 at 9:20 PM Post #9 of 19

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i once thought it would be nice if everyone sounded like Barry White, not sure why i thought that..maybe its because if everyone had a voice exactly like his we would all have it together..wouldn't we?
 
we would deifinitly have our thing together..wouldnt it be nice? i mean when you really sit and think about it wouldnt it be really really nice?  I could easily feel myself slipping more and more away to
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Sep 10, 2010 at 3:28 AM Post #10 of 19

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you might enjoy reading about fractal geometry and chaos theory which is basically about how similar basic building blocks come together to produce something similar and yet unique, for example like how clouds are all made of water vapour and yet take on different shapes and sizes.
 
Sep 10, 2010 at 12:53 PM Post #12 of 19

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I think it has to do with bone structure, too. That's actually one reason why you sound differently just talking normally and then listening to a recording of yourself.
 
It's all in the 'materials'.  Everyone has teeth, but not all are shaped exactly the same.  Same with your tongue, cheeks, lips, etc.  All of this adds up and changes how sounds sound, and that's just some of the stuff in your mouth.  Think about how your throat, larynx, body weight, reverberation(s), height, etc. could affect the sounds you make, and how other people perceive them.
 
I just had a mind-blowing thought... maybe we all sound exactly the same, but the only difference is how our brains perceive the sound... whoa.
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Sep 10, 2010 at 12:55 PM Post #13 of 19

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i once thought it would be nice if everyone sounded like Barry White, not sure why i thought that..maybe its because if everyone had a voice exactly like his we would all have it together..wouldn't we?


BW has the coolest voice ever, I often use "Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up" to test gear...it never disappoints.
 
 
It's all in the 'materials'.  Everyone has teeth, but not all are shaped exactly the same.  Same with your tongue, cheeks, lips, etc.  All of this adds up and changes how sounds sound, and that's just some of the stuff in your mouth.  Think about how your throat, larynx, body weight, reverberation(s), height, etc. could affect the sounds you make, and how other people perceive them.


Clearly, BW wouldn't sound the same if he had been skinny :p
 
And I've got the same voice on the phone as my dad and his brother.
 
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Sorry. I just kept picturing as the Alien from Futurama after he ate the hippie and started trippin'. 
 
I personally dislike my voice, but women seem to enjoy it. (It's low and raspy) 
 
Sep 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM Post #15 of 19

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Because our larynx is not identical, and neither are our physical size.
 

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