kottke.org posts about Songsmith

Music from stock chartsFeb 02 2009

Johannes Kreidler took the data from recent stock charts, fed it to Microsoft Songsmith, and produced melancholy tunes. It's like the Visualizer in iTunes, only backwards. Ben Fry says of the project:

My opinion of Songsmith is shifting -- while it's generally presented as a laughingstock, catastrophic failure, or if nothing else, a complete embarrassment (especially for its developers slash infomercial actors), it's really caught the imagination of a lot of people who are creating new things, even if all of them subvert the original intent of the project. (Where the original intent was to... create a tool that would help write a jingle for glow in the dark towels?)

Wonderwall technoJan 29 2009

We all had a healthy laugh earlier in the month when someone took the vocal track from Van Halen's Runnin' With The Devil and ran it through Microsoft Songsmith, creating an automatic and unusual musical accompaniment for David Lee Roth's tortured vocals. Since then, people have done this with all sorts of songs and they're all pretty bad. Surprisingly, Wonderwall by Oasis works really well as a techno song. (thx, rob)

Songsmith, meet David Lee RothJan 12 2009

Songsmith is a piece of software by Microsoft Research that automatically creates a musical accompaniment to a singer's voice. (The intro video is priceless.) A MetaFilter member took David Lee Roth's vocal track from Runnin' With The Devil and put it through Songsmith...the results are pretty great. (thx, shay)

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