Thursday, January 8, 2009

MS Songsmith Turns Anyone Into a Songwriter
Just as blogging makes everyone a writer, and digital cameras make everyone a photographer, Microsoft is now looking to make everyone a musician with its new Songsmith software. Songsmith is actually a relatively simple program with some very complex technology behind it. Using "signal processing and artificial intelligence techniques developed at Microsoft Research" and the University of Washington, Songsmith analyzes your voice as you sing into a microphone connected to your computer, and then automatically generates musical accompaniment to compliment what you sang--think of it as your own recording studio backup band...