"speaking piano" reciting the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court


A "speaking piano" reciting the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court at World Venice Forum 2009.

Austrian composer Peter Ablinger transferred the frequency spectrom of the childs voice to his computer controlled mechanical piano.

(translated from German)
Peter Ablinger: I break down this phonography, meaning a recording of something the voice, in this case -, in individual pixels, one can say. And if I have the possibility of a rendering in a fairly high resolution (and that I only get with a mechanical piano), then I in fact restore some kind of continuity. Therefore, with a little practice, or help or subtitling, we actually can hear a human voice in a piano sound.


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Wow! How cool!

(I wonder if the same kind of thing would work for violins...they're supposed to be the closest instrument to the human voice...)
The reason for the piano is the polyphonic ability -- note how many notes are being played at once. A standard violin could only play four notes at one time, so it would have vastly lower "resolution", meaning no matter how good the system running it, it would be completely unrecognizable as a voice. That said, if you put, say, two dozen violins together, each specially tuned (or with mechanisms to hold down the strings), and set up wheels like a hurdy-gurdy that could turn at variable speeds and with variable pressure... >scurries away to apply for a grant<
mikeasaurus (author) 6 years ago
hmmm I hadn't thought about violins, though I can see the similarities between violin strings and vocal chords. I'd love to see more of this kind of stuff.