A Computer Program That Creates Music – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

A recent post by Mike Keller on the “Geek Tech” blog (located at the PC World website) introduced me to a product called Microsoft Songsmith.

For the uninitiated, it’s a software program that, well, let’s see how Microsoft describes it: “Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you.”

A computer software program that “creates” music based upon the vocal stylings of American Idol wannabes… Hmmm… What could possibly go wrong?

The headline to Keller’s post says it’s “Bad Music Made Easy”. (Read the whole thing here.)

Too harsh?

Personally, I get a kick out things like this. If folks want to spend their time in some sort of digital Karaoke land, fine by me. As long as they don’t confuse what they’re doing with the real thing…

Besides, in these rough economic times, a bit of comic relief is always welcome…



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