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June 18, 2024

Talking Piano

Wrote Kottke: "The Talking Piano is a regular analog piano played by a computer-controlled mechanical machine and sounds like a person speaking."


Deus Cantando is the work of artist Peter Ablinger.

He recorded a German school student reciting some text and then composed a tune for the mechanical player to sound like the recitation.

I cannot improve upon Jason Noble's description of the work:

This is not digital manipulation, nor a digitally programmed piano like a Disklavier.

This is a normal, acoustic piano, any old piano.

The mechanism performing it consists of 88 electronically controlled, mechanical "fingers," synchronized with superhuman speed and accuracy to replicate the spectral content of a child’s voice.

Watching the above-linked video, it may seem that the speech is completely intelligible, but this is partially an illusion.

The visual prompt of the words on the screen are an essential cue: take them away, and it becomes much harder to understand the words.

But it is still remarkable that the auditory system is able to group discrete notes from a piano into such a close approximation of a continuous human voice, and that Ablinger was able to do this so convincingly using a conventional instrument (albeit, played robotically).

Don't need no stinkin' AI....

June 18, 2024 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Ubiquitous Closet


Build one for yourself.

Then send me a picture and I'll publish it.

Who said it was hard to make it?

It's easier than ever to get your 15 minutes of fame in 2024.

[via Haw-lin]

June 18, 2024 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Color Venn Watch

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This is my favorite watch of 2024.

From the website:

Who needs numbers when you can use color? 

This colorful watch uses three rotating discs to show you the hour, minute, and seconds.

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The discreet white line on each disc tells you where each hand is pointing and so reveals the time.

Cyan: hour hand

Magenta: minute hand

Yellow: seconds hand

Where the discs overlap, new colors are formed, creating a constantly shifting palette of color.

The Color Venn watch is powered by a beautiful Swiss-made automatic mechanical movement,

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which is visible through the glass exhibition case back.

This means it doesn’t have a battery.

Instead, the motion of wearing your watch provides the power to wind it up and keep it running.

Available in either black or silver case.

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£595 ($755 USD).

June 18, 2024 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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