RK Sympathy is an organization that endeavors to bring about awareness of mental illnesses. Our primary method is through a program called UTAU, a free voice synthesizer that allows anyone to create their own electronic singers.
What we do at RK Sympathy is create voices for use within the program. We design an avatar to go along with a voice, and then designate a mental illness to each avatar.
Our method of spreading awareness of mental illness can be summed up by three objectives: DOWNLOAD, CREATE, and SHARE.
Downloading our voicebanks is the first step.
We have both free and paid versions of each voice. The free version includes a single pitch of the basic voice. This is the intended natural voice range of a Sympathyloid. On the other hand, our purchasable voicebanks consists of 3 pitches of the basic voice, increasing the overall range of the Sympathyloid. The paid version also includes 3 variant voicebanks, called appends. Appends are voicebanks infused with a specific emotion. They are derived from three temperaments: Soft, Serious, and Powerful. Each Sympathyloid receives a Japanese and English voicebank by default, but we will also provide a variety of other languages: Russian, Greek, French, German, Polish, Dutch, and Swedish.
A percentage of the profits from each paid voicebank will be donated to an organization related to each voicebank’s specific mental illness.
Creating something with our Sympathyloids is the next step.
You aren’t restricted to only using our voicebanks to create something. In fact, we encourage you to express yourself in whatever way you can! RK Sympathy creates a story and a personality for each voicebank, as an example of someone with a particular illness. All you have to do, is get creative! You're not limited to this example, but it might be a good foundation to build off of if you're having difficulties getting started.
If you wish to express yourself through UTAU, but find yourself wondering how to start, don’t worry! Tutorials on how to use the UTAU program as well as on how to utilize specific types of voicebanks are included within the voicebank’s folder.
When working with music, we encourage producers to create songs related to the subject of mental health, whether it be about someone's experiences or just knowledge of mental illness! We aren't limiting you to mental illnesses either - you can also expand into related themes such as therapy and other forms of support!
Sharing is the final step.
It’s time to spread your work! We’re always looking forward to seeing all the wonderful things everyone created! It's your turn to show the world what we're doing together!
Now, how does our process actually affect our audience? Music, along with other types of media, have a much more profound effect on people than traditional methods of education.
By creating a form of media centered around a person’s experiences with mental illness, we have provided a way for people to relate more easily to the information we present, and thus develop sympathy, if not empathy towards others. It is through this that we aspire to reach a wide audience and spread as much awareness as we can.
We hope you'll support us while we continue to make the world a little more aware!