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"Vocaloducer" Automatically Creates Songs from Lyrics

posted on 2013-10-22 22:00 EDT by Bamboo Dong
YAMAHA's automatic song-writing program makes producing Vocaloid music even easier.

YAMAHA Corporation has just made song-writing even easier. With the development of Vocaloducer, users can now automatically create songs with just a few quick clicks.

Due out this winter via SaaS (software as a service), Vocaloducer takes user-provided lyrics and adds a computer-generated melody. The program uses a special YAMAHA algorithm that takes into consideration user inputs for three categories—rhythm patterns, pitch variation, and chord progression—and generates a melody. Presumably, the program can produce roughly 18,000 different melodies based on different combinations of these templates. Accompaniment can also be added, with 30 genres to choose from. Lyrics can be up to 50 Japanese characters in length, resulting in roughly eight bars of music. The program will also allow users to choose from a variety of Vocaloid characters and voices.

The program is not available for personal installation, but will be offerered from YAMAHA's servers. Users will be asked to submit their song specifications online, and will be able to download the results. Although a specific release date has yet to be announced, there are already plans to expand the library of accompaniment styles and song templates, as well as provide support for English and Chinese lyrics.

For those eager at a sneak peek, prototype will be on display from October 23-25 at the Autumn Web & Mobile Marketing Expo at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall in Chiba.

What this program says about the commercial pop music industry can be left up to user speculation, but the program will certainly make music "composition" much more accessible for the general public.

[Via Temple Knights and Yamaha news release]


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