By now you’ve probably at least heard of Microsoft Songsmith, the software that creates music when you sing into your computer. The products was introduced to the world earlier this month via a four-minute video that shows how a jingle-writing dad and his clever daughter are both able to benefit from the software.
The video is getting panned in the media and around the web. Even the New York Times has taken notice. In an article published last week, NYT writer Randall Stross references Sunsan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on Camp that identifies a “category of art that isn’t campy, just ‘bad to the point of being laughable, but not bad to the point of being enjoyable.’ The Songsmith video is exactly that.”
Microsoft was apparently not kidding about this product, but thousands of other people are. Thanks to YouTube, there are already dozens of paradoies online, including several gems of remastered classis like “Wonderwall” by Oasis, “Roxanne” by The Police, and “White Wedding” by Billy Idol, all made using the Songsmith program.