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Ebert's voice captured

Film critic Roger Ebert says computer programmers have captured his voice from movie commentary tracks so he can type what he wants to say and listeners hear a voice that sounds like him, The Associated Press reports. Ebert lost his ability to speak after surgery for cancer. He writes in Sunday's Chicago Sun-Times that a Scottish company has helped him regain a voice his grandchildren can recognize. Ebert recorded commentaries for DVD movies before he lost his voice. A Scottish company called CereProc blended digital recordings of Ebert speaking to make his text-to-audio voice. Ebert writes that the voice will be heard predicting Oscar winners on a segment of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" airing tomorrow. He says he may be able to use the voice for radio and Webcasts.


Home for fascinating relics

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has fascinating relics like Michael Jackson's "Thriller" mask. Soon it'll have space to showcase its interesting but less flashy artifacts. The museum will open its library and archives later this year in a $12-million high-tech building it shares with Cuyahoga Community College's creative arts programs, AP reports. Jim Morrison's first poem will be there as well as letters from the Grateful Dead, Whitney Houston, Patti Smith and others. There will also be old audio and video recordings, contracts, album covers, posters and scrap books. Student and professional singer Tracy Marie hopes the museum-college collaboration will encourage young artists to aspire to have their campus studio work enshrined in the archive.

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