Monday, February 02, 2009

Microsoft Songsmith: The only blog post you need to read.

The ascending hilarity around Microsoft Songsmith is a bit far from our usual topics here. I could attempt to connect it to social networks, open data and virtues like experiment, remixability and authenticity, but I think I should just shut up and let you enjoy three videos on the topic.

1. The Microsoft Songsmith promo video. It makes me want to turn myself inside out like a slug in beer. What does it do to you?

Hat-top: TechCrunch.

2. White Wedding, redone in Microsoft Songsmith.

Hat-tip: Mashable, with many more. "Beat-it" is also wonderful.

3. Economic Failure Medley by Microsoft Songsmith. Melodies from stock charts, proving yet again how the web can spin gold from tin.

Hat-tip: Mashable

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Anonymous dreamlikecheese said...

Argh. That promo video makes me want to stab my eyes out with a fork and jam a skewer in my ear. It would be less painful than ever seeing that again.

2/03/2009 6:08 AM  
Blogger MrHunnybun said...

Is this knowingly a bad advert or is it accidentally terrible?

I have downloaded a trial of Songsmith. Dare I install?

2/03/2009 10:35 AM  
Blogger MrHunnybun said...

Isn't the daughter's laptop an Apple with a sticker over the logo?

2/03/2009 10:35 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Yes, it's an Apple. Isn't that awesome?

(Then again, the checkout devices at Apple stores are Windows Mobile OS.)

2/03/2009 11:00 AM  
Blogger Gaynor Deene said...

For those interested, here is a Songsmith original production with a built in product review...

2/03/2009 3:22 PM  
Blogger Kath said...

I'm sorry, but this just hurts -- so bad . . . .

2/03/2009 4:03 PM  
Anonymous ryn_books said...

I can't make myself finish watching (or listening) to it. Truly horrible

2/04/2009 5:37 AM  
Blogger nobooksnolife said...

reminds me of the "Howdown" segment on "Who's Line is it Anyway?"

2/04/2009 7:07 AM  
Blogger JLH said...

Last night I couldn't wipe the tears of laughter out of my eyes enough to thank you for this. Oh, it's worse than having to read a whole collection of Family Circus cartoons and not make fun of them.

2/04/2009 1:06 PM  
Blogger David W. Wilkin said...

It turns being a geek into being lame...

Even the rocker was melodic, where's the edge. Perfect product for the fifties...

2/04/2009 9:44 PM  
Blogger JT said...

What have they done to my song, ma?

This is just too wrong for words, and yet I wasted the better part of an hour, watching these things on YouTube.

Their next promo should feature a wild west theme with the tag line:
Watch out Garage Band, there's a new Songsmith in town.

At which point the Mac shakes in laughter and spontaneously reboots.

2/05/2009 2:49 AM  
Anonymous Poolays said...

So bad, it's wonderful!

2/08/2009 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ack! Why did you post that!? I got through about 1 minute of the first video. Now that stupid song will be in my head all day.

2/08/2009 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be thankful they haven't come up with something like this for literature.
Imagine: taking a plotline or quotations from a classic novel and then morphing it through a genre filter to alter it in ways the author never intended.

Winnie The Pooh as written by Marcel Proust.
Great Expectations as written by Ernest Hemingway.
Waiting For Godot as written by Willam Shakespeare.
Understanding Media (Marshall McLuhan) as written by James Joyce.
(actually, that might make it more comprehensible ;) )
Machiavelli's "The Prince" as written by Kahil Gibran.
The instruction manual for Windows Vista written in the style of the Book of Leviticus from the Bible (with Bill Gates as God).

Even better, in the style of the Gospel of John:

"In tbe beginning was Microsoft Word and the Word was with Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Office was with the Word. It was with Microsoft Office in the beginning.

Through Word were documents made and without Word were no documents made that were recognized without error by Microsoft Office. In it were errors and those errors were the curse of men. They called for light in their darkness, but Microsoft comprehended it not..."

2/08/2009 11:30 PM  

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