Microsoft Songsmith — It’s like what my brain does when you talk, except louder and requiring a Windows installation

So Microsoft released one of their many mutated children out of their labs earlier this year, known to be some kind of “song smith”.

Basically, you (or some mp3 you ripped off the tubes) sing some melody or what-have-you and then this tool creates backing music for it based on a style you select like rock, pop or reggie.

Except they all seem to map to wtf.

See exhibit A:

Now, there is some actual humour possible from this tool; no, not through the raping of our treasured memories, but from the raping of our many treasuries:

But seriously folks, the most concise example I could find of what it is and how it works is from this guy:

Who also did something else that seems specifically aimed at Pearlmill:

Also this, which exposes Philip Glass as someone who pretty much just dicks around on the piano like the rest of us but somehow gets paid for it (I kid, I’m sure he’s very talented):

OK, sleep time now, I promise!

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4 Comments

  1. pchow
    Posted March 16, 2009 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    “We’re sorry but this video is no longer available”

  2. Posted March 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    You say that like there is only one video in the post and thus it’s totally obvious which one you’re talking about.

    Anyway, they all work for me.

  3. nihilist
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    reggie

    Unless this a thinly veiled joke about 15 year old popstars, which I humbly bow to your superior knowledge on, this should be “reggae”.

    Now watch me run before a real music aficionado gets here.

  4. Posted March 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Unless this a thinly veiled joke about 15 year old popstars, which I humbly bow to your superior knowledge on, this should be “reggae”.

    Intentional? Sure…