Microsoft Songsmith

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Microsoft Research Songsmith
Songsmith Logo
Songsmith Screenshot
Microsoft Research Songsmith
Original author(s)Microsoft Research
Developer(s)Microsoft Research
Stable release
1.03 / September 2012
Written inC# and C++
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Platform.NET Framework
Size100MB download
Available inEnglish
TypeMusic Software

Microsoft Research Songsmith is a musical accompaniment application for Microsoft Windows, launched in early 2009. Songsmith immediately generates a musical accompaniment after a voice is recorded. The user can adjust tempo, genre (such as pop, R&B, hip-hop, rock, jazz, or reggae), and overall mood (e.g. to make it happy, sad, jazzy, etc.).[1]

The software was developed by a team at Microsoft Research, led by researchers Dan Morris and Sumit Basu.[2][3][4] The product began as a research project called MySong, conducted at Microsoft Research in collaboration with a University of Washington student, Ian Simon, in the summer of 2007. Songsmith is the second commercial project from Microsoft's Microsoft Research, after AutoCollage.[5]

Morris and Basu starred in an infomercial[6] that became a viral video.[7][8][9][10][11][12] The video was featured on the Australian ABC TV program The Gruen Transfer as a competitor for the Worst Ad Ever.[13]

The release of the software spawned an internet meme where the vocal tracks of popular songs are fed into the program.[14]


  1. ^ Microsoft Research Songsmith
  2. ^ Josh Lowensohn (2009-01-08). "Microsoft releases Songsmith: Karaoke in reverse". Cnet.
  3. ^ Erica Sadun (2009-01-18). "A Look at Microsoft Songsmith". Ars Technica.
  4. ^ Todd Bishop (2009-01-08). "Demo: Microsoft's new Songsmith gives singers an algorithmic band". Puget Sound Business Journal.
  5. ^ Long Zheng (2009-01-08). "Microsoft Research announces Songsmith, make-your-own-song-from-vocals software".
  6. ^ Joseph Tartakoff (2009-01-13). "Video: Microsoft sings about its Songsmith software". Seattle Post Intelligencer.
  7. ^ "Microsoft Songsmith Commercial is Excruciatingly Hilarious". Escapist Magazine. 2009-01-14.
  8. ^ "Nothing can prepare you for the Microsoft Songsmith commercial". Videogum. 2009-01-12. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17.
  9. ^ Aarti Nagraj (2009-01-15). "The beauty of bad ads". Kipp Report.
  10. ^ Andrew Winistorfer (2009-01-12). "Songsmith painful in too many ways to count". Prefix Magazine.
  11. ^ Todd Bishop (2009-01-14). "Microsoft Songsmith video: Charming or painful? Or both?". Puget Sound Business Journal.
  12. ^ Yardena Arar (2009-01-08). "At CES, Microsoft Introduces the Unexpected: Songwriting Software". PC World.
  13. ^ Microsoft Songsmith ABC TV - The Gruen Transfer - Worst Ads on TV
  14. ^ "7 Ad Campaigns That Prove Microsoft Was Never Good at This". 2010-09-04. Retrieved 2012-05-22. Once it was out in the wild, it was ripped to shreds by merciless YouTube video-makers showing exactly how badly the software worked with well-known songs, like Queen's 'We Will Rock You'.

External links[edit]