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Our company makes a replica of the HAL 9000 computer from the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The original voice of the HAL 9000 computer was an actor named Douglas Rain. Mr. Rain passed away several years ago. We would like to find a voice over actor who can perform A FLAWLESS, PERFECT, IMITATION of Douglas Rain's voice as the HAL 9000 computer. When we say a PERFECT IMITATION, we mean just that. Not a caricature of the voice. Not an approximation of the voice, we want someone who can do the Douglas Rain voice so perfectly that a careful listener will NOT be able to tell the original voice from our artist's. This is where we set the bar. Will we find anyone who can do a PERFECT imitation of Douglas Rain's voice as the HAL 9000? We doubt it. We are realistic about the results we expect to achieve. But a perfect imitation is ideally what we want. To get this job, your impression of the HAL 9000 must be accurate. The artist will record their voice at a professional sound studio in Southern California (probably Santa Monica/West LA). If you live elsewhere in the world and you wind up being our best possible choice, we may decide to record you where you live. We anticipate a one hour recording session. The chosen actor, if found locally in southern California, will perform approximately 25-50 original line readings as the HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Your voice, as HAL 9000 will be used in our HAL 9000 replica.  
2013-02-07 17:38:54 GMT
2013-03-07 16:00:00 (GMT -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
United States, California,
Fixed - USD 500
IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
two to five script pages.
English - USA and Canada
Douglas Rain as the HAL 9000 computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey
Young Adult Male OR Middle Age Male OR Senior Male
• Talent must record at a designated studio in a specified area OR
• Audio files must be delivered via email
• Deliver edited and finished voice tracks
The Voice Actor should have at least 3 years of experience in the voice industry.
The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

***Custom demo required*** 
Since you're trying to match a voice, you'll need access to the movie on DVD or sound clips found on the internet. There is an smart phone APP called the HAL 9000 app by Jonathan Mulcahy. It is available at the iTunes store. Here is a link:


This app has a good selection of sound clips taken directly from 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Some of the clips are more abbreviated than the dialog examples that follow) Play a HAL 9000 sound clip. Try to repeat the sound clip exactly as heard. Record your audition in a standard file format such as MP3 and email it to us for review. We'll respond to all submissions and let you know how you did.

We want to hear your imitation of famous HAL 9000 lines such as:

"I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that. I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do."

"Look, Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I suggest you take a stress pill, sit down and think things over."

"Without your space helmet, Dave, you're going to find that rather difficult."

"My mind is going. There is no question about it I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm afraid."

"Although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move."

"I know you and Frank we're planning to disconnect me and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen."

(The actual recording date is still to be determined to allow us the maximum amount of time to find the best choice to perform the HAL 9000 voice.) Good luck and thank you for auditioning. 
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