Announce the time when it is right. - I need your help for 33C3


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Dear hackers,

the end of the year is approaching fast and so is the annual Chaos Communication Congress (33C3) in Germany ( The project “Chaosvermittlung”, = chaos (field phone) exchange, will again be playing around with a field phone network infrastructure.

I’m working on a time announcement / talking clock service for that system and am now in desperate need for voices for it! To make things more interesting, I would like to make it alternate between different languages and accents. Any help is very appreciated!

Below you can find an example text, that contains all the bits needed to piece together an arbitrary time (10s intervals) to be announced. My initial recording was less than 4 minutes long, and that’s all I’m asking for. Hand me that initial blob and leave the chopping up, which takes ages in comparison, to me.

The text is strongly inspired by the German service I grew up with, but it is merely a suggestion. I intend it to be a 24 hour clock and there is one beep, well more like a blip, every 10 seconds. If you feel like voicing a 12 hour clock, please go ahead. Use the text you feel is most appropriate. Call it “beep” “stroke” “Summerton”, X hours Y minutes, X:Y, whatever feels right for you. Diversity is key. And don’t hold back your local accent, because that’s all this is about. Whatever you do, just make sure all the numbers needed are covered. Leave hints in English for special things, like when the order of items is different in a language or so.

Please include your information in the sound file, so we know whom we have to give credit. Also a hint, where the particular accent is located, if relevant. I expect any contribution and the data I extract from it to be governed by a CC-BY-SA license and will make the final data available, together with the bash script that does the work. Once everything is working tidied up.

I’m also interested in “timeless” recording bits, that can be thrown in randomly once in a while. Anything with 8 seconds or less will be fine. I’m thinking of credits, mini promos or just fun stuff. Like “The next tone is presented by … from …”, “At the next tone it is 10s later than at the previous one.”, “You don’t really want to know how late it is at the tone…” - You got the idea.

To make things more complicated, I do not have a simple working file drop at hand. I struggled a bit in piecing example code together and getting settings right, to build a crude work around. It might only work temporarily but will have to do for the moment.

Please drop any recordings and additional data here:

So now, Merry Christmas to all of you and all the best for 2017!
Kind Regards,
Michael (Mirwi)

Hopefully, at some point in the future, you will find content here:

------- example ---------------
At the next tone it is 0 hours, 0 minutes and 0 seconds.
At the next tone it is 1 hour, 1 minute and 10 seconds.
(At the next tone it is) 2 hours, 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
() 3 hours, 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
() 4 hours, 4 minutes and 40 seconds.
() 5 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds.
() 6 hours, 6 minutes and 25 seconds.