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This article was published on December 14, 2011

    Watch Siri Hypnotize you with her Notoriously good rap skills

    Watch Siri Hypnotize you with her Notoriously good rap skills
    Matthew Panzarino
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    Matthew Panzarino

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    This hack, accomplished for the Music Hack Day 2011 competition in London, has Siri laying down some serious flow in a rendition of Hypnotize by Notorious B.I.G. It’s actually far better than I thought it would be before I watched it.

    Creator Robert Boehnke explains how the hack was accomplished:

    SiriProxy is used to intercept the communication with Apple’s servers. Based on your song request, Notorious Siri then sends your choice of Notorious B.I.G.’s Hypnotize and an a-cappella rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to the device (the latter requiring 4 iPhones 4S).

    Siri’s speech synthesis is synced to the beat using the timestamps obtained from the Echonest API which were then manually tweaked, to smooth out delays in the text-to-speech engine.