Thursday, August 4, 2005

Music Made With Computer Crayons Next Big Thing?

BERLIN (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The next big musical instrument may be a computer crayon.

That’s because a new software program, Hyperscore, allows computer geeks to compose music on their PC by sketching short musical phrases – “motives” – with “virtual crayons,” in just about any style from funk to classical.

It sounds like something Elroy Jetson might use but the innovation is one of the nominees for something called a “Popkomm-Imea” award, which honors new digital technologies.

This year’s awards take place Sept. 14 in Berlin and the computer crayon is one of the nominees in the “mobile music and entertainment innovations” category.

Other digital doodads that are nominated for a Popkomm-Imea honor include a software program that uses artificial intelligence to mathematically measure a person’s musical taste and a software program that listeners use to create infinite mixes of their favorite songs.

But the song-oriented software that is most appealing to average Joes and Jens is probably Gracenote, a program that enables music fans to program music playlists by yelling voice commands like “play more polka” or “Freebird.”

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