Human Speech From a Piano...

I, for one, welcome our new piano overlords.

In 2009 at the World Venice Forum, Austrian composer Peter Ablinger unveiled his crazy-ass talking piano by having it read the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court:

The video is in German but there are subtitles and the piano speaks in English.

This is incredible though.  Peter Ablinger took the voice of Miro Markus, a young student from Berlin, as he read this proclamation and managed to break it into particular frequencies.  He fed this data to the computer in MIDI format, essentially, and then had robotic fingers play the sounds out on an actual analog piano.

speaking piano

If a man were to ask me if this was the scariest or coolest thing I'd ever seen, the answer would be yes. If a speaking piano asked me, I'd grab the nearest flamethrower and kill it with fire.

human speech piano

I mean, yeah, it's cool and all... but can it feel emotion? It can probably beat me in chess, but I'm a beast at checkers, so I'm not quite sure it can pass the Turing Test yet.

talking piano

We could (and should) launch this thing into space to prove (and get rid of this demonic entity) to the Intergalactic Federation that humanity has passed the nuclear stage and is ready to attempt to survive the A.I. revolt stage.

"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't play that."

It's so beautiful... they should have sent a poet.  That's right.  Both a 2001: Space Odyssey and a Contact reference in a straight row.  Can this talking piano do that?