Generative Van Halen

I saw this last week (really!), but it appears the “blogger embargo” was broken on Sunday, so here goes.

“Microsoft Research released an app”… that lets you sing along to a drumbeat and then it generates music to match your singing. Many moons ago, an acappella version of “Runnin' with the devil” made it’s way on to the internet. Some brilliant joker used the former on the latter and you get: something that’s just not quite right. It’s especially interesting how the software tries very hard to accommodate David Lee Roth’s off-beat entrances.

In my opinion, the “DLR soundboard” and the “Roth Alarm” are even better uses of the source material.

Adam Keys @therealadam