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    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2009
    Even in my wildest dreams I couldn't have dreamt this up...

    and unlike the Macbook Wheel, it's REAL.
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    Music is dead.

    Microsoft killed it.
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    "Well, my band has said my songs have been a little stale lately. Maybe this is just what I need..."

    Now his music smells like a corpse is mass grave.

    The only positive thing I see about this product are two things; 1) It might be good to jump-start actual songwriting and 2) It might be rather good at building awareness towards the formula the big record labels use, i.e. what you might want to avoid doing when writing songs.
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    Here's an example of what you can do with it:

    It's like Wesley Willis never died.
      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2009
    This software could complete me as a human being.

    That is all.
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    This horrified look sums the whole thing up.
    the horror!
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2009
    @mybrainhurts that is pure AWESOME. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.
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    I love Wesley Willis. I just don't think it's a good idea we all be him...

    That said, I love the way whoever did this perverted it. :)
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2009
    as far as i'm concerned, they can just take songsmith off the shelves now. that guy just won and got the highest possible score.

    as someone who wishes to make a career recording singers and musicians, this scares me. i don't want to deal with an deluge of regular joes bringing in discs with their "masterpieces", thinking that they hold the key to superstardom.
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    Songsmith is clearly the creation of that demon from the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
    • CommentTimeJan 12th 2009
    @heil_britannica: I would have thought between Antares and shit like this you might as well hang up that career idea... having to listen to autotuned Cher-a-likes accompanied by automated microsoft midi-tastic out of tune and rhythm extravaganzas makes for hours of nails-on-chalkboard-esque fun. With the official deSade seal of approval.

    the only thing missing in that wonderful combo are the auto-harmony background voices, thoughtfully brought to you (with yet another horrible vocoder) for $200 by: electro-harmonix
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2009
    The tech behind it is pretty cool, it's just not exactly found it's ideal application here has it?

    This went round the office the other day (I sort of work for MS, it's complicated) and if I hadn't been told that the expressions in the towel guy bit were priceless I wouldn't have got past my in built hatred of children singing...
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    oh, this is so up for abuse. i have a cunning plan . .
      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2009
    That video just broke my flash player, I don't think it'll recover.
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    my theory about playing someone else's vocals for it to accompany works. bluegrass style beyonce is rather silly. still, an improvement on beyonce. just a bit hit and miss re: tempo's.
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    This looks like the best thing ever. I may well download the trial...
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    When the guy says "Microsoft? So it's pretty reliable?" I realized that someone at that ad agency must be taking the piss.

    That, or he's never seen a Microsoft product. Which is possible since they are clearly using Macbooks.
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2009
    It would be an artistic challenge to use this to make something good...Like when David Byrne tried to make art using Powerpoint.
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    there have been allsorts of things thrown at it.
    i just threw the first acappella I could find at it.

    it's a hit and miss affair, mostly miss, but it has it's moments. (apologies for the matching tempo drifts near the end and apologies to those with ears)
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    Oy. Where to start? I kind of want one so that I can do my best to try and break it with horribly un-lyrical growls, but I have a feeling that "matching the music to your voice" is just buzz-speak for "we put the same goddamn generic synth over everything, so it doesn't fucking matter what you sound like!"

    I guess my main problem is, just singing any random crap words to music doesn't a good song make, and random crap words to shitty children's toy keyboard music certainly will never be great (except, as mentioned, in the case of Wesley Willis...). The first song link from mybrainhurts was pretty great (terrible), but they Beyonce mix goes to show how broken the program is. I can do the same stuff with Sony Acid Pro, except good, and with music that I'd actually want to listen to...

    And how is glow-in-the-dark towels the best example they could come up with?

    I say we flood the universe with covers of that amazing song by the Middle Eastern band guy from the commercial.