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Smule Turns Code/Mobile Talk Into Auto-Tuned Music (Video)

Auto-tune the conference!

Asa Mathat

Onstage today at Code/Mobile, Smule’s Turner Kirk used the company’s Auto-Rap and Mad Pad apps to convert a talk about homelessness and technology into a hip-hop chorus, and speakers’ comments (including John Legere’s swearing) into a sorta-catchy backbeat.

Recorded music has largely been a “passive experience” in the past, Kirk said.

“You could just sit there and listen to it,” he said. “Pop stars came out and were super entertaining. Why make music when they can?”

Mobile and the Internet, however, have made music more “participatory and collaborative,” Kirk said.

Here’s the video of his performance:

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