Sunday, January 25, 2009

Microsoft Songsmith - now anyone can create an atrocious song

The New York Times has an article today about a software package and set of YouTube videos that have taken on "Internet meme" status in recent weeks.

Microsoft Songsmith is a program developed by a couple of scientists that allows anyone to be a songwriter - you just sing the lyrics into the program and it creates a backing track for you.

The commercial for Songsmith, done by the scientists who invented the software, has become an instant classic on YouTube and demonstrates how it works. The program is available from Microsoft for $29.95.

So, here's a YouTube user that shows how an average person might use the software:

Livin' On a Prayer (Bon Jovi) sung by GEvoluton

As you can imagine, the results are often, shall we say, a little less than musical and, more often than not, rather inappropriate.

Some folks have been taking the vocal tracks from classic rock tunes and running them through Songsmith. The results:

I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye

Sgt Pepper by the Beatles

Just What I Needed by the Cars

Roxanne by the Police

Long Train Running by the Doobie Brothers (which is intriquing, I'll admit)

What's Going On by Marvin Gaye

Hotel California by the Eagles

And, finally, how Songsmith interprets Van Halen and Ozzy Osbourne.

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