• 03-05-2009, 08:01 PM
    Microsoft Songsmith takes classics to the butcher shop
    Just saw this on Tech Central, Figured some of you might get a kick.

    OH, and I turned allow HTML on in this forum and spent the day banning a grape truck load of IPs to limit spam. Hope it works, and enjoy the mashups, cause they are funny.


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    source: http://timesonline.typepad.com/techn...-tracks-r.html

    <h3 class="entry-header">Top 20 tracks remixed by Microsoft Songsmith</h3>

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    <p>Microsoft's Songsmith has become a cult phenomenon, but probably not how the software giant wanted it to be.</p>

    <p>If you’ve never heard of it, Songsmith is a program that can give an automatic musical accompaniment to any vocal track you give the computer. The basic aim is give the karaoke singer the chance to live out their dreams and become an all-round musician. It launched in America with an astonishing promotional video (see below).</p>

    <p>But as a Microsoft spokesman said recently, Songsmith is being "used in ways we haven't quite imagined." People have been taking the vocals from hit songs and then adding Songsmith backing tracks to them. The results are funny, bizarre and sometimes disturbing.</p>

    <p>Below, here is our Top 20 tracks remixed by Songsmith. This post comes with a health warning. Listening to them all as I have just done might make you go a bit doolally. Please use the comments section to send in some of your favourites too.</p>

    <p><strong>1. Ozzy Osbourne: Crazy Train</strong></p>

    <p>If the train in question was filled with old bearded men with banjos. Yes, that crazy</p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/VFZvLprEIpw&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="385" height="314"><p><strong>2. The Police: Roxanne</strong></p>

    <p>I still maintain that a better move for Sting would have been playing the steel pans rather than the ruddy lute. This video proves that. Sort of.</p>

    <embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ypycpKQxXR0&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="385" height="295">

    <p><strong>3. Queen: We Will Rock You</strong></p>

    <p>In the vein of the Sex and the City theme music.</p><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/22AWPW5s4EA&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="385" height="314">

    see the rest of the 20 here: http://timesonline.typepad.com/techn...-tracks-r.html
  • 03-05-2009, 08:50 PM
  • 03-06-2009, 08:24 AM
    Mwa ha ha ha.....
    Best chuckle I've had in days. You keep bannin' em and keep jammin' us and you'll be fine. That was some funny chit.

  • 03-06-2009, 11:20 AM

    Originally Posted by atomicAdam

    No thanks, I've seen quite enough, thank you :crazy:
  • 03-06-2009, 02:00 PM

    Originally Posted by Kevio
    No thanks, I've seen quite enough, thank you :crazy:

    yeah that is about how i felt after the first few - but if you think about it conceptually, how they are created, what else could be done with that, the fact a random program is putting the two together instead of a person, than it is actually pretty funny and interesting.
  • 03-06-2009, 03:52 PM
    Actually what would be a laugh riot is if Microsoft got sued for copyright infringement.
  • 03-06-2009, 03:53 PM

    Originally Posted by nightflier
    Actually what would be a laugh riot is if Microsoft got sued for copyright infringement.

    RIAA vs MS - that would be a good show down.
  • 03-06-2009, 04:09 PM
    This is gonna hurt....
  • 03-07-2009, 12:57 AM
    Hey Auricauricle, I like your Avatar! Thats from the Big Lebowsky isnt it? Great movie!
  • 03-07-2009, 01:23 PM
    Thanks, blackraven! Yeah...The movies a favorite! It was either Jeff or The Stranger. Whaddya think?
  • 03-07-2009, 08:05 PM
  • 03-09-2009, 10:21 AM
    The stranger? I forgot that one.