Synthetic Exercises is a sound work focusing on algorithmic manipulations of human voice. The work is based on an audio library which was used in another piece called the The Irresistible Powers of Silent Talking. In Synthetic Exercises the vocal library used to train the algorithm to “vocalize”, becomes the main point of fascination. As the algorithm was trained, it started spitting out early, noisy variants – not quite the human voice, not quite the finished sonority either. It produced a library of its own โ€“ artefacts, vocal errors, and sonic byproducts โ€“ documenting the process of birth of a particular digital vocalise. Synthetic Exercises is an arrangement of some of these sonic events, mixed with the original data-training materials, and the inner workings of an algorithm exercising speech without words.