Friday, January 16, 2009

This is AMAZING! Microsoft Songsmith!

I was watching "Attack of the Show" and they had this video of this program from Microsoft. It's called 'Microsoft Songsmith'; it's a program that helps you create your own music. All you have to do is sing into the microphone, and the program takes care of creating the musical accompaniment. The description for it is here on the site for it:

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/songsmith/


What is Songsmith?

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. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.


It's easier to understand how fantastic this program is by watching these videos:



Now here's a guy who tried the program....and the results he got were pretty amazing. At the very least, it seems to me that you could use the results of the program to get musical ideas to start with, if you were seriously writing music. (Even if the results were too simplistic or silly sounding for real music, it's still fascinating to me how a program like this could even be created....how is this possible???)



From a technical standpoint....HOW DID MICROSOFT DO THAT? That's just fantastic....Wow....!!!

I can already see a potential game idea with this technology. They can make something like Parappa the Rapper with it....why not, Microsoft? That sounds like a great new game idea just waiting to be made ^_^

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