Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bill Gates vs. Music

My Mac-based friends have told me for years that Bill Gates is an evil genius.

Until now, I've never believed them. But how else can you explain Songsmith, a Microsoft software product that fabricates (bad) music when you sing to it.

When I first heard about this product, I was convinced that it had to be a joke. The introductory video (which starts out by declaring it's rated "S" for "Songtastic"!) seems to have come from The Onion, not Microsoft.

But Songsmith is sadly real, an ill-conceived product built to address a market that probably doesn't really exist.

The one hope for Songsmith's success is that it's given birth to a new sub-genre of videos on YouTube: great songs reimagined (i.e., ruined) by Microsoft Songsmith.

For example, here's Songsmith butchering the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" (link for Gmail subscribers):

And Billy Idol's "White Wedding" (link for Gmail subscribers):

And "Hotel California" by the Eagles (link for Gmail subscribers):

Now tell me: Have we underestimated Bill Gates all these years? Has he really been hiding his true identity as a James Bond villain amassing billions as part of a long-fomenting evil plan to destroy rock 'n' roll once and for all?


azz100c said...

Thanks for linking to my videos! --PS, Neko Case rocks.

Anonymous said...

another cool Songsmith idea is this one:

Charts Music

Melodies derived form Stock Charts, arranged with Microsoft Songsmith
The Billion-Dollar-Song


Alex said...

Thanks for making all those great videos, Azz100c! Keep up the good work...

And the stock charts are interesting too, as is the Songsmith Obama speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN9pGgg8YlQ (which sounds like a Bruce Hornsby tune)

Anonymous said...

Wow... even by the standards of weak, that's some weak-ass sh*t!

Anonymous said...

oooh, that lounge version of Sergeant Pepper is awful! I gotta go put the real album on now to get that out of my head.