Three weeks ago, Microsoft Research released Songsmith: software that takes a raw vocal track and automatically generates an instrumental accompaniment. The NY Times mocks it, Gawker calls it “awful […] awful […] awful […]”, but the Guardian thinks it has potential for “15 minutes of fame” (could we settle for ten minutes of fame instead?).
If you need to cleanse your ears after that, turn your speakers up to eleven and press play on this.
In other possibly related news, Microsoft has just laid off 5,000 people.