Coming soon: A new music genre

I was watching videos and reading comments over at Create Digital Music concerning the beta release of Melodyne’s amazing new Direct Note Access feature. The one thing this software guarantees is we will be getting a new music genre soon. With every technological pro-audio feature jump we have seen artists create something new. Glitch and mashups are quick recent examples but something about Direct Note Access makes me think “this is major”. With enough stare at the computer screen time producers with well trained ears will be able to pull Hendrix guitar lines from a song and pair it with Kurt Cobain singing… singing “We are the World”. Ok maybe that’s not exactly possible but that’s going to be the obvious first goal with people who have the time and skill to try. I’m hoping we are going to get something even more off the wall, more new sounding. Music needs something new sounding to bring back a little shine (iTunes LP isn’t it).

Melodyne editor is the first Celemony product to offer the revolutionary Direct Note Access technology. This makes possible what had previously been considered impossible: access to individual notes in polyphonic audio material. Correct wrong notes in a piano recording; change the chords in a guitar accompaniment after the recording is over; refashion a sample lick. Melodyne editor lets you do things of which, until now, you could only dream. –

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"Hello my name is Oliver and I'm going to tell you a story." I have been recording music since 1989 under the name The Horrorist. I have released over 60 singles and 4 full length albums. To hear my music please go to:

5 thoughts on “Coming soon: A new music genre”

  1. I don’t know too much about Sonicworx Pro but it look like they’re outpricing themselves at $1,849, Mac only.

    Melodyne’s editor will be $349 or $399, Windows and Mac.

  2. i saw a demo of this software at the Musikmesse in FFM. it seemed pretty cool, and it sounded good in their demo, but i cant imagine that the end product doesnt sound fairly processed and auto-tuned after a lot of tweaking….

  3. well, arguably mash ups were happening on turn tables long before software… i heard DJ’s in the 90s mixing “anything” into “anything” live on the decks many a time and heard things like The Who layered over some happy piano techno track plus some sesame street rhyme all mashed up when computers still had like a 64MB RAM maximum and laptops were but a fantasy.

    and people were doing ‘glitch’ by damaging CD’s and playing them back and recording the results throwing them in a sampler then sequencing them w/their midi sequencer of choice…

    but that’s all semantics i guess. and yeah.. i think your right about DNA.. probably will get over used in very obvious ways but will of course be a useful studio took for a lot of creative people.

  4. This technology has felt like a game changer to me as well. It’s hard to guess how it might evolve new music. The David Bowie portion of that video suggests DNA might find a home as an advanced sampler technique. Am I seeing right that it’s extracted the overlapping phonemes? Conceivably one could build a library of Bowie… and have him for text to speech? Hmm… maybe the Bing & Bowie album wish could come true.

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