“I propose this as a standard test for end-to-end speech recognition to speech synthesis: The 'G' Thang Benchmark.”
Not quite there.
“One two three and to the fo’ / Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre is at the do’ / Ready to make an entrance so back on up / ‘Cause you know we ‘bout to rip shit up” = Snoop & Dr. Dre
“Like cos I was like bath and stuff like that.” = Google Voice’s Remix
I love Google Voice. Admittedly, I primarily use it (and GrandCentral before that) as a modern-day door opener (more on that below).
I recently got the urge to call up my GV number and leave a message to see how well it would translate the ‘a cappella’ version of Nuthin’ but a ‘G’Thang.
A proposal: The ‘G’Thang Benchmark
As I see it, there must come a time when not only will this be nearly translatable, but I will receive voice-analysis meta-data along with the transcription that will indicate that indeed, Snoop and Dr. Dre just left a message for me.
I could then take the high-fidelity transcription and use it to generate a high-fidelity vocal rendering, using a pair of $.99-cent OS X voice-synthesis packs I purchased on iTunes that provide me with accurate vocal emulations of the two famous MCs.
Finally I would drop the generated vocals over the original instrumental track and compare to the original track from 1993. I propose this as a standard test for end-to-end speech recognition to speech synthesis: The ‘G’Thang Benchmark.
"And before me dig out a bitch / I have ta' find a contraceptive"
"And before I get a chance. / I have to find the cats or step. If"
"And who gives a fuck about hoes / So just chill 'til the next episode"
"But anyway, I got off the flow / of just change but I think that's so"
"That's hooked on that sucks blood / on the ball ball because of the brick at the house, / but it was destroyed it. / And they they call the phone. / Please put the sprint. So it looks like a home, / which is also just to look at it / would but I don't like that / that and it benefits like that. / Like cos i was like bath and stuff like that."
Footnote: You see, I still have an out-of-state cell-phone number — the same Massachusetts digits that birthed my first cell-phone experience on a Motorola StarTAC, somewhere around 1999.
My San Francisco loft has a front-door callbox that will ring the home phone to let visitors be buzzed in. However, the callbox would only take local numbers and I haven’t had a land-line in almost a decade!
The solution presented itself once off the wait-list for GrandCentral: an hour of weeding-out Bay Area (415) numbers containing a 1 or 0, then cross-checking potential candidates with PhoneSpell.org, yielded a memorable phrase + local number.
Now when I am too lazy to take out my keys, I buzz myself in, involving an unfathomable chain of modern technologies and physical distances.