Thursday, February 26, 2004


I would have just added this to my blog update below but it deserves its own spotlight. Let Them Sing It For You stores a database of different words from a variety of pop songs (for example, for "I", it uses Chris Isaac's wailing "I" from "I Don't Want To Fall In Love"). Then, you program in a phrase you want it to "translate" for you into these song bits. The results, to be sure, are wacky - though, in all fairness, it's not anything that the folks at Plunderphonics or anyone who's ever played with spliced tape, hasn't done before. It just makes it more tech accessible.

It's not a perfect system. I was able to get it to translate some of these favorite lyrics o' mine from Public Enemy's "Don't Believe the Hype: "back, caught you looking for the same thing, it's a new thing, check out this I bring." But when I put in these Tribe Called Quest lyrics, "back in the day when I was teenager, before I had status and before I had a pager," the site didn't have the words "teenager," "status" or "pager" in its database. I'm pretty damn sure Ghostface wouldn't work so hot in this either. Still, it's bound to keep you amused for at least a little while.
(spotted at usefulnoise)