By now, you've most likely heard about Microsoft Songsmith.
If you haven't, here's what Microsoft has to say about this technological marvel ~ one that will replace songwriters entirely!
"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."
"What if I don't know how to write music? Songsmith is for you. Get your first taste of songwriting just by singing into a microphone, then explore different styles and arrangements, even if you don't know the first thing about music theory."
Watch the commercial here (and yes, this is the real commercial):
Who knew that songwriting was so easy? I feel like a real dunderhead now. Just last night I spent three hours composing a new song that, in essence, went nowhere. How I wish I could have those three hours back. And with Microsoft Songsmith, I could!
But I like to know what I'm getting into before I buy anything new, so I went to YouTube (my go-to site for all my consumer purchases), and thanks to azz100c, I found excellent examples of SongSmith at work!
What azz100c did was, he found some classic rock songs, extracted the vocals, put them through Songsmith, and dubbed the new song over the original music video.
I have found so many favorites, it's difficult to choose the best one, but here are a few for your enjoyment and edification:
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Poor Sir George Martin. He must be kicking himself now. All that hard work, and for what? Man! If only he were producing the Beatles today, he'd be in and out of the studio in no time, and he'd be sipping wine by the fire, cozy and warm in his dressing gown and slippers.
I always did have Don Henley pegged as a kind of electro-pop artist. And I see I was right!
Are those BANJOS?? Billy Idol! Who knew?
So, you see, once again, technology has just made everyone's lives easier and better! And much more time-efficient! Wow, now, not only can I write songs in the blink of an eye, but I'll have plenty of time to catch up on all those shows I've DVR'd and haven't had time to watch!
It's a win-win!