David Lee Roth + Microsoft’s Somewhat Wonky Songwriting Technology = The Future Of Music

Jan 15th, 2009 // 11 Comments

There are some real Val Kilmer-style geniuses out there on the Google and the YouTubes, and mrzarquon is one of them. This dude took the David Lee Roth a capella version of “Runnin’ With The Devil” and ran it through Microsoft’s super-goofy-looking new program Songsmith, an experimental endeavor that takes your execrable singing and follows along, gussying it up with sub-Mario Paint backing tracks for musical magic.

Songsmith placed Diamond Dave’s vocals slightly off from the me-on-my-Casio-in-1985 background, creating a syncopated feel that gives it a “bad dub” vibe according to the creator. Though I think that description gives “bad dub” a bad name. To me, it’s more like tepid indietronica with a crazy man gone faux-reggae on top. I am going to make 20 albums using this once a Mac version is relased. Also, I will give a virtual high five to the first person to use this thing with that Smash Mouth vocal take.

I did some YouTube searching and found some other Songsmith experiments:

The Doobies’ “Long Train Runnin’” might actually be better.

What’s going on with this version of “What’s Going On?” How about hitting some really bum chords?

Also, has Microsoft ever made a good promo video?

(I never get tired of this.)

Runnin’ With The Songsmith’ [Metafilter Music; HT Jon Williams]


  1. Tenno

    This reminds me of last week when me and a friend thought it’d be funny to write a song that is just me playing excreable guitar solos for five minutes about losing my cat and calling it ‘Lament for Tiggy’. Yeah. It was funny the first time, but each consecutive listen became more glassine and horrible. Just like this.

    Fire your commercial producers Microsoft, they’re just pocketing your money and shitting the bed.

  2. raihala

    Actually, the initial post said “a bad dub” not “bad dub.”

  3. Lucas Jensen

    @raihala: Haha. Oops!

  4. Captain Wrong

    This is all you need for the Running With the Devil tracks: [davidleerothruns.ytmnd.com]

  5. Lucas Jensen

    @Captain Wrong: Thank you, Internet.

  6. the rich girls are weeping

    Um, it just all sounds like bad karaoke backing tracks to me.

  7. Lucas Jensen

    @the rich girls are weeping: I wasn’t being totally serious about the genius thing.

  8. sparkletone

    I’ve got an acapella of Creep … but I can’t bring myself to do it, even though I’m sure the results will be painful/hilarious.

  9. Nunya B

    The “Wonderwall” and “Just What I Needed” Songsmith videos are hilllllarrrzz.

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