Siri hacked to “play” Yamaha Disklavier piano

Siri’s been hacked to remotely start a car and even change channels on a TV set, though this is likely the first time iPhone 4S’ digital assistant’ hasbeen made to “play” an instrument. Using an AirPort Express and some special MIDI files, this Siri hack is able to make the not-so-cheap Yamaha Disklavier piano play requested songs. Here’s how the setup works according to The Loop:

Take a standard MIDI songfile and convert it to an audio file (while maintaining the MIDI data). The songfile is then sent wirelessly via WiFi to an Apple Airport Express (which is mounted underneath a Yamaha Disklavier reproducing piano. The audio output of the Airport Express is then connected to the analog MIDI inputs of the Disklavier, using a standard audio cable.

Then, you simply ask Siri to play your favorite song from your iTunes library, and Siri responds immediately, by making the Disklavier’s keys and pedal move up and down, recreating the performance, including full orchestration.

For those fortunately enough to own a Disklavier, there’s even an iOS app – Disklavier Controller – that lets you perform similar functions like song selection and playback. Of course, this is no where near as cool as asking Siri to do all the hard work for you.

[Wired via Gizmodo]
  • John Watts


  • Tom

    Siri does not play the piano!!! That information is incorrect! No music files are being transmitted from the iPhone at all! It is not a “hack”! The music is stored in the memory of the Yamaha Disklavier. The e3 Yamaha controller can be wifi enabled with any wireless bridge such as Asus, Netgear, or Apple Airport Express! Siri is merely acting as a voice activated remote control through the Apple Airport Express! The E3 app is available in the iTunes Store and is free for owners of Yamaha Disklavier Pianos!

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