[GAS] Technology News
While not a professional musician myself, I’ve always been fascinated by music and admired people who could compose a complete musical piece in under an hour. Being a musician is a little bit like being a mathematician; many little equations must be calculated to provide a result that will be both logical and pleasing to the ears.
Many people have tried to automate this composition process in the past, but most have failed miserably. The latest person to get into this “automated music” bandwagon is rock legend Pete Townshend, with the introduction of his Lifehouse Method project. According to the Lifehouse Web site, this method purports to audibly paint your musical portrait based on four different inputs: your voice, a picture that represents you, a random sound of your choice, and finally, a rhythm. Strangely, these sounds are not used in the final composition, but are required to determine things such as your mood and personality. Mr. Townshend’s software then combines all provided inputs and creates your own personal symphony.
Before starting the composition process, you will first need to create an account on Lifehouse’s Web site. Once your account has been verified, you will be entitled to three free musical “portraits”, as well as free access to site until July 31. After this period, access will be subscription-based only.
If you are curious about what these compositions sound like, many samples can be found on this page. You can also listen to my own “portrait” right here. Yes, I know, the quality of the sample is very bad, but I had to compress it to save bandwidth.
Not really impressing isn’t it? While being interesting for a few minutes, I don’t see why people would subscribe to this service if the project doesn’t start offering additional features and explanations on how the whole composition process works.
It would be interesting if some among you could create their own symphony, upload it to their personal blog, and link it in the comment section of this post. Don’t forget to recompress the mp3 file using a “very low quality” setting before doing anything though! The file provided by The Lifehouse Project is way too big and will eat away most of your site’s available monthly bandwidth in no time if you keep it in its original state.