Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The words are familiar, but...

Microsoft's Songsmith is a musical accompaniment application that immediately generates a musical accompaniment after a voice is recorded. The user can adjust tempo, genre (such as pop, R&B, hip-hop, rock, jazz, or reggae), and overall mood (e.g. to make it joyful, sad, jazzy, etc.).

A perhaps unintended result is that you can take existing recordings of, say, Billy Idol belting out "White Wedding", only now he's backed by a hoedown banjo jamboree. Or turning Queen's "We Will Rock You" into a peppy salsa tune. The juxtaposition usually makes for an amusing listen.

Rick Astley - "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Metal Version)

Billy Idol - "White Wedding" (Hillbilly Hoedown Version)

Motorhead - "Ace of Spades" (Seventies Soft Rock Version)

Marvin Gaye - "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (Heavy Version)

Oasis - "Wonderwall" (Techno Version)

The Police - "Roxanne" (Latin Hustle Version)

The Cars - "Just What I Needed" (Power Ballad Version)

The Clash - "Should I Stay or Should I Go" (Wedding Polka Version)

Queen - "We Will Rock You" (Zesty Salsa Version)

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