A character a day 30-day imitation challenge: Day 5 – Gandalf

This character needs no introduction.

The reason I love revisiting Gandalf’s voice from time to time, is that it always gives me a good idea of how my own vocal range has changed over the years. Trying to reproduce even some of the most well know lines of J.R.R. Tolkien’s character is no joke. Especially when we’re talking about Sir Ian McKellen’s incarnation.

Still, I feel much more comfortable experimenting with the voice now, in my late twenties, than I did back in my late teens. Proper vocal technique has greatly reduced the level of effort necessary for me to deliver a believable line. The strain on my vocal cords has also lessened significantly with practice. So much so, that I no longer feel like Sauron has used his spiky, metal-plated arm to shove an unpeeled pineapple down my throat, all the way up to his elbow, after I’ve been recording for an extended period of time.

Day 5 – Gandalf (Ian McKellen) – The Lord of the Rings film trilogy


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A character a day 30-day imitation challenge: Day 4 – Turel

Today’s entry contains major plot spoilers. Proceed with caution.

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A character a day 30-day imitation challenge: Day 3 – Goofy

After the sombre tones from days 1 & 2, here’s my take on something a little bit more cheery.

Day 3 – Goofy (William Farmer) – A Goofy Movie


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A character a day 30-day imitation challenge: Day 2 – Kain

Following up on yesterday’s “Legacy of Kain: Defiance” entry, here’s a tribute to the man behind one of the most memorable vampire characters from my childhood.

Sorry, Robert Pattinson.

Day 2 – Kain (Simon Templeman) “Legacy of Kain: Defiance”


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A character a day 30-day imitation challenge: Day 1 – Raziel

Yesterday I saw one of these “A character a day” challenges being passed around different groups on drawing. Pretty cool stuff. You’re supposed to draw a new toon each day and share it with your peers.

On that note, I’ve decided to undertake a similar endeavor, by trying to recreate some of my favorite voices from video games, movies, and TV over the next 30 days. I’ll be recording a few lines from each character in an attempt to come as close as possible to the tone, cadence, accent and all-around feel of the original voice.

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What do voice technology and VocalID mean to you?

As a voice over actor, the ability to convey an idea through the use of my voice ranks pretty high on the list of things I consider of paramount importance in my everyday life. The only other items topping the list being my wife and family.

If you have ever screamed your lungs out at a concert, chances are you remember sounding like Miranda Richardson in 1998’s “Merlin” the morning after. The majority of us rarely acknowledge how vital our vocal apparatuses are to our state of being. Just ask yourself this question:

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