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September 21st, 2000

MC Stephen Hawking

This site’s been blogged a number of times, but I have got to mention it here for those that have not seen it. There’s no doubt that with an underground following, the hardcore lyrical stylings of MC Hawking would be a nationwide success. Judging by the pictures on the site, he already has the respect of his peers.

I first realized the potential of Hawking when I signed up my computerless friend for Coolmail, a free e-mail address that you can check over the phone. He mentioned how the voice reminded him of Stephen Hawking and the surreal nature of having a friend’s e-mail read to you in a computerized voice. So, of course, I proceeded to send him rap lyrics. Of course, my Stephen Hawking didn’t have the high-quality production values that you’ll find on his “official” site. -ram

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FROM: Rob
DATE: Thursday September 21, 2000 -- 10:18:31AM
Professor Puff 'n' Stuff was framed, beeyotch!

My favorite's gotta be F*ck the Creationists. I'm definitely adding these to my playlist. Woo!



FROM: Aaron
DATE: Thursday September 21, 2000 -- 6:48:10PM
I wonder if this uses the same voice synth technology as the Talking Moose on old Macintoshes...

Old Fezziwig had a Mac with the Talking Moose in college and we used to make him say some crazy shit all the time.



FROM: Terry Murphy
DATE: Thursday September 21, 2000 -- 10:24:38PM
The voice synthesizer which Stephen Hawking uses (and which MC Hawking is blatantly imitating) is DECtalk. It is extremely distinctive.

DECtalk was a device which you could input phonemes into (and, thus, it had an unlimited vocabulary), and it synthesized them into human speech (it came with two voices: male and female).

DECtalk was extremely pervasive from its introduction in the mid-1980's, particularly in phone systems. I still hear it in places such as the weather radio stations. As recently as a couple of years ago, I worked for DEC, and the DEC emplyee's credit union phone automated teller was DECtalk-based (I have no idea if it still is).

DECtalk is one of the ultimate computer geek toys. It is in my list of top 5 or so wanted vintage computer items (and, yes, I have several VAX'es, the computer which it originally worked with). They go on eBay pretty often, but they end up being too expensive. When I finally get one, I'm going to have it read stock quotes to me, and headline news from the different websites, as my alarm clock in the morning.

To the subject of MC Hawking, however, I cannot help but think his use of this style of rapping is merely a gimmick. Sorry.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday September 22, 2000 -- 9:22:40AM
I dunno, Terry, MC Hawking seems pretty authentic. I'm pretty sure he's actually from the hood...

:)



FROM: Ravindra Dwivedi
DATE: Thursday November 13, 2003 -- 2:03:14 am
He's certainly getting his goal, and a very good thing that i realize that, that's the adage " Where there is the will, there is the way". It's true in the case of Hawking sir.



FROM: Ravindra Dwivedi
DATE: Thursday November 13, 2003 -- 2:04:56 am
He's certainly getting his goal, and a very good thing that i realize that, that's the adage " Where there is the will, there is the way". It's true in the case of Hawking sir.



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