You have your voice and a microphone. There’s an audience out there, beyond the stage lights. You step forward. You’ve practiced for this moment: memorized your poem, rehearsed it in front of friends. Now, you’re finally ready for it to live. It’s more than words on a page, bigger than meter and rhyme. Part of your self travels through the room, vibrating in the open air. They say eyes are the window to the soul. Spoken word poets know it’s really the voice.

How do you train your voice, prepare it, for that moment of magic when it soars out from you and touches your audience? Most writing apps aren’t built with spoken word poets in mind: they’re all about taking notes, jotting down ideas; they’re focused on the page, not the voice.

Biograph, a new app, puts the voice front and center. With Biograph, you can start writing with your voice—instead of jotting down notes and translating them later into performance. It’s simple and easy to use, as easy as opening up the notes app on your phone.

You can use Biograph to make recordings of yourself trying out ideas, free-associating, experimenting with your voice—then listen back for the moments of magic when your voice begins to vibrate with power. And all biographs are private by default, so you can explore your creativity with comfort and security. Biograph automatically transcribes all your sessions, so you’ll have something for the page if you want it—or not.

In a world that prioritizes the page and traditional, old-fashioned ways of writing, it gives you the space you need to find your voice—so that the next time you step up to the microphone, you’re ready to let it soar.

Learning to Love Your Voice: A Poet’s Story

Alicia had been doing spoken word open mics for a couple years, but never really felt like she found her groove. “When I heard my voice through the microphone, it sounded like someone else’s,” she complained. “I’d practice in my room—but I’d always get knocked out of whack when I stood in front of a mic.”

She used Biograph to help her prepare a new poem. “It was really important to me to actually write with my voice. Usually, I just wrote stuff down on the page, then tried it out in front of my friends or whatever. With Biograph, I was actually composing with my voice.” And listening to herself on the Biograph app, she got comfortable with the sound of her own voice. “I was so used to listening to myself, that when I stood up to perform the poem, it felt like, for the first time, I was hearing my own voice through the sound system.”

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