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Microsoft Songsmith!

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  1. DarkHand

    DarkHand Senior Member VIP

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    I have no idea how I never heard of this until now.

    Microsoft Songsmith is an application that automatically makes music. You sing into the mic, and it procedurally generates a melody to match, all by itself.

    That's cool and all, but here's what's awesome: People are taking the vocal tracks from popular songs and running that through the software, creating some amazing (or amazingly hilarious) creations in the process!

    Here are a whole bunch of the best ones I've heard so far:


    Eye of the Tiger as a ballad:
    YouTube - Classic Hits by Microsoft Songsmith: "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

    How about Ozzy Osbourne as a Polka! Vocals start at about 0:40:
    YouTube - Classic Hits by Microsoft Songsmith: "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne

    I heard it thtough the grapevine:
    YouTube - Classic Hits by Microsoft Songsmith: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye

    I think this is my favorite one: 'Take On Me' works hilariously well as a Big Band song! It's a little muddled until the first refrain, then it's awesome.:
    YouTube - Take On Me - A-Ha vs Songsmith

    And a crapton more awesome ones:


    YouTube - Classic Hits by Microsoft Songsmith: "Buddy Holly" by Weezer
    YouTube - Classic Hits by Microsoft Songsmith: "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
    YouTube - Classic Hits by Microsoft Songsmith: "Roxanne" by The Police
    YouTube - Classic Hits by Microsoft Songsmith: "Hotel California" by The Eagles

    Yes they suck musically, but the technology and entertainment value make up for it. :)
     
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    so if you start singing and don't like the music, you have to start over and hope it plays a new song?
     
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    You sing first, then it starts processing. It spits out a song that incorporates and matches up with what you sang.
     
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    very strange yet fascinating. if only it generated some jacked-up music video too.
     
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