Found on Slashdot: Microsoft has come out with a new music program called Songsmith. All you do is set the tempo, and sing, and it comes up with a chord progression in the accompaniment style of your choice!
After watching the engaging infomercial, I had to download it and give it a try. The results are curious, but it really does try to match your pitch, whatever it is. And so I give you my new composition, Feel the Beat! (Apologies to Strongbad.)
Songsmith is being relentlessly mocked, but I have to admit, it’s kind of fun. The demo lasts only six hours, though — an awfully short time-bomb. I wonder how much it costs? No, no, I’m not going there.
Update: I misunderstood the duration of the free demo, because I’m used to having things expire after a certain calendar date. But for Songsmith, you get six hours of actual use, which is plenty of time to decide whether you want to spend the $30 to buy it.
I actually woke up in the middle of the night realizing this mistake. And that got me thinking that my composition was unfair, because I was just making a lot of noise. And since it is really a sort of reverse karaoke machine, putting in a known tune is pretty unfair because you will always compare it to the real song.
So I tried singing some simple tunes, with everything in regular phrases. My intention was to quickly come up with a demo that showed off a real use case, with a second version showing how the chords change if you tweak the “Jazzy” setting.
I really tried. I sang inane things for half an hour. I gave up.