Microsoft has a new tool that automatically generates backup music to go with original melodies and lyrics sung into a computer.
Songsmith, which debuted today at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, lets people explore songwriting. The software first analyzes your vocal melody using existing pitch-tracking technology. Then an algorithm the researchers built selects musical chords that will go well with the melody. Songsmith evolved from MySong, a joint research project by Microsoft researchers Dan Morris and Sumit Basu and CSE’s own Ian Simon, who worked with them as an intern in 2007.
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