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(MSN)   What classic songs would sound like if created by cold, soulless machines. Wait, how is this any different than now?   (music.msn.com) divider line 61
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2009-02-09 08:54:31 AM
Oh my.....you gotta listen to Sgt Pepper and Hotel California.

My ears, man, like my ears. (Stan Freberg)
 
2009-02-09 09:55:29 AM
 
2009-02-09 12:24:22 PM
Music is not amenable to corporations. Anybody says otherwise can EABOD and DIAVHF.

/I seem to be full of impotent rage this morning.
 
2009-02-09 01:07:30 PM
I'm rockin' the suburbs
Just like Jon Bon Jovi did
I'm rockin' the suburbs
Except that he was talented
I'm rocking the suburbs
Take the check and face the facts
That some producer with computers
Fixes all my sh*tty tracks

/this had better not be obscure
 
2009-02-09 01:14:09 PM
The free six hour demo of Songsmith makes a hysterical party game/toy, especially if said party involves booze and the kind of people who don't mind making fools of themselves for fun.
 
2009-02-09 01:34:18 PM
Intergalatic - Beastie Boys (new window)

/Not too bad
 
2009-02-09 02:27:58 PM
Not sure if THIS qualifies as a RickRoll or not, but there it is.
 
2009-02-09 03:00:50 PM
Repeat/rehash of an article greenlit two weeks ago.
 
2009-02-09 03:04:19 PM
 
2009-02-09 03:20:51 PM
You mean like Coldplay?
 
2009-02-09 03:22:01 PM
Procedural Texture: Repeat/rehash of an article greenlit two weeks ago.

Do you know that there are people you can notify about this? Yes, and it isn't difficult, all you have to do is lose the sanctimony and click on "Notify admins" at the bottom of the page.

They unlike us, give a sh*t and can do something about it.

As for me, I like this Doobie Brothers (new window) one.
 
2009-02-09 03:22:22 PM
Procedural Texture: Greenlit on 24 Jan 2009 under Video.

aww, I wanted to point that out.
 
2009-02-09 03:23:57 PM
Again? Wasn't this bad enough the first time?
 
2009-02-09 03:24:20 PM
Eye of the Tiger was kinda cool.
 
2009-02-09 03:26:42 PM
Dread Pirate Slasher
Suspicious Minds by Elvis isn't half bad (pops)

You die! You die and go to hell now!
 
2009-02-09 03:27:42 PM
And stay there!!!!!
 
2009-02-09 03:28:28 PM
U2 "Numb" ??
 
2009-02-09 03:32:20 PM
I watched the Creep one and thought it was weird as hell. Then I listened to the others and realized it was one of the best of the bunch.

The "Take on me" one isn't too bad either
 
2009-02-09 03:39:57 PM
I liked the Eye of the Tiger. It had some alt.County, Jayhawks-esque layered melodies.
 
2009-02-09 03:40:36 PM
flimsyexcuse: The "Take on me" one isn't too bad either

Is this Microsoft's answer to Garageband? I don't see the Logic?
 
2009-02-09 03:44:34 PM
What this abomination did to Billy Idol makes me want to punch the programmers repetitively in the groin...

Then I listened to Peter Gabriel s 'Shock the Monkey' which was a kind of alternate universe version where he decided to use piano rather than synth. It sort of works.

Link (new window)
 
2009-02-09 03:47:33 PM
I liked Eye of the Tiger too.

And, really, does the Techno "Wonderwall" sound any worse than any other techno song?
 
2009-02-09 03:50:15 PM
factoryconnection: Do you know that there are people you can notify about this?

Duh, what on earth makes you think I didn't? Please don't accuse me on sanctimony in such a condescending way.
I spot and Farkback repeat links regularly.
On average, the Admins reverse their decision on about half those repeat links.
 
2009-02-09 03:50:50 PM
Erikthebard: What this abomination did to Billy Idol makes me want to punch the programmers repetitively in the groin...

THIS
 
2009-02-09 03:57:06 PM
 
2009-02-09 03:59:24 PM
The Eagles and ELO had a bastard child.

Hotel California (new window)
 
2009-02-09 04:00:05 PM
H31N0US: You mean like Coldplay?

I actually did see them live once (I know, I know...) and between the Make Trade Fair wristbands they were wearing and stuff written all over the stage, I thought the whole band was just a front for Oxfam International.

And yet, most of their songs are of the dopey love variety, so let's say I was very confused.
 
2009-02-09 04:08:03 PM
Procedural Texture: Duh, what on earth makes you think I didn't? Please don't accuse me on sanctimony in such a condescending way.
I spot and Farkback repeat links regularly.
On average, the Admins reverse their decision on about half those repeat links.


I felt that is just wouldn't be Fark without the anti-sanctimony in my sanctimonious post. Plus I figured you (being TF) did already know and you were used to it. You just seemed so serious.
 
2009-02-09 04:08:06 PM
 
2009-02-09 04:11:00 PM
glad other people dug "Eye of the Tiger" too.
 
2009-02-09 04:12:09 PM
submitter: What classic songs would sound like if created by cold, soulless machines.

Damn! Another American Idol thread?!?! Please make it stop.
 
2009-02-09 04:21:57 PM
Songsmith's take on Lollipop by Lil Wayne is now my ringtone. Way better than the original. Same with A Milli
 
2009-02-09 04:22:02 PM
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole (new window)

Oh dear Lord what the fark. Now I'm gonna have nightmares.

Also Starlight and Hysteria. This is farked up, but brilliant.
 
2009-02-09 04:26:58 PM
MasterThief: /this had better not be obscure

I am gonna smash your face into a jelly, for thinking that Ben Folds is even remotely obscure.
 
2009-02-09 04:27:44 PM
 
2009-02-09 04:28:18 PM
InmanRoshi: I liked the Eye of the Tiger. It had some alt.County, Jayhawks-esque layered melodies.

It sounds like a George Strait song.
 
2009-02-09 04:52:09 PM
so how does this program determine the background music?
 
2009-02-09 04:57:39 PM
00ghost27: so how does this program determine the background music?

Badly.
 
2009-02-09 05:08:55 PM
Wow, it's like a computer version of a music degree. Does this program also cost $100,000?
 
2009-02-09 05:17:46 PM
Redscum: Muse - Supermassive Black Hole (new window)

Oh dear Lord what the fark. Now I'm gonna have nightmares.

Also Starlight and Hysteria. This is farked up, but brilliant.


So clearly, this is how Weird Al writes those polka parodies.

Cripes, I think they turned Starlight into square dancing music.
 
2009-02-09 05:34:29 PM
Redscum: Muse - Supermassive Black Hole (new window)

Oh dear Lord what the fark. Now I'm gonna have nightmares.

Also Starlight and Hysteria. This is farked up, but brilliant.


Wow. Hysteria is probably the least fail-ridden of any Songsmith cover I've heard, but those other two were god-awful. Whoever decided this software was a good idea needs a kick in the balls.
 
2009-02-09 05:41:51 PM
Milquetoast!
 
2009-02-09 05:45:36 PM
sweet jesus. they turned "toxic" by britney spears into a salsa rhythm...my head asploded
 
2009-02-09 06:16:05 PM
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE???? at this moment you could be watching the stupist/awesome ROXANNE remix.
 
2009-02-09 06:29:16 PM
I think Microsoft should now advertise this as a program that eliminates the worst possible musical accompaniment to your vocals.
 
2009-02-09 06:45:53 PM
00ghost27: so how does this program determine the background music?

I made almost all of the Songsmith versions linked in TFA. Songsmith selects a random style when you start it up. My rule is to use whatever style it selects for itself. (Unless it picks Hip Hop 1 or Hip Hop 2 because those are useless).

TheQuest35: WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE???? at this moment you could be watching the stupist/awesome ROXANNE remix.

Thank you for that criticism/compliment.

ChrisPC: It sounds like a George Strait song.

My first reaction was "Bob Seger."

Erikthebard: Then I listened to Peter Gabriel s 'Shock the Monkey' which was a kind of alternate universe version where he decided to use piano rather than synth. It sort of works.

WNYC in New York did a whole segment last week about my Songsmith version of Shock The Monkey. They really, really liked it.

My take is that Shock The Monkey was performed entirely on a computer (a Synclavier) and 27 years later, again performed on a computer, somehow sounds worse. Or better.

Dread Pirate Slasher: Suspicious Minds by Elvis isn't half bad (pops)

It turned out... interesting. Someone on a blog somewhere said Erasure, and I think that's pretty spot-on.
 
2009-02-09 06:48:46 PM
Hurt -Johnny Cask (new window)
 
2009-02-09 06:49:33 PM
or Cash...you know, whatever.
 
2009-02-09 06:55:35 PM
factoryconnection: You just seemed so serious.

You mistook matter-of-fact for serious.
Apparently my Farkback was ignored anyway. Oh well.
 
2009-02-09 07:11:23 PM
That Li'l Wayne one is AWESOME.
 
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