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Rewritable Song Lyrics

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the moon-june-soon dept.

Music 136

JimCricket writes "A new kind of record company, Tailored Music Group, is selling user-customizable songs. Each song is distributed in its 'default' (generic) form, and the customer can change any (or all) of the lyrics. For a few hundred bucks, the original indie musician will re-work the song with the custom lyrics. Neat idea."

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I can see it now (3, Funny)

BKX (5066) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897649)

New gems like, "Pownt, I owned your ass loser. You suck, I rock"
and "I love gay sex"

Re:I can see it now (4, Insightful)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897671)

Nope. Sweet Home Alabama becomes "Sweet Safeway Bananas."

At least that's how I predict this sort of thing will go....

Re:I can see it now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19900909)

Hell, I have a looong commute every day (so I have a bit of time on my hands) and I've been making up my own lyrics to rock and pop songs for _years_ now.

Re:I can see it now (2, Interesting)

GizmoToy (450886) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897775)

I wouldn't be all that surprised if changes like that were requested, though I'm sure there's an approval process for the custom lyrics. I doubt they're going to perform just any old stuff.

Like your other reply said, another major group that would be interested is advertisers, but I wouldn't be surprised if changes that advertised products would be denied as well to keep the song at least semi-legitimate.

Re:I can see it now (1, Funny)

neonmonk (467567) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898189)

Approval process? Or sliding scale of how much the artist charges depending on how much they don't want to do it?

Now there's a good business model!

"'In Soviet Russia, I love hardcore gay hot grits smeared on my Natalie Portman poster' - hmmm.... well, that'll be $50,000 thanks"

Awesome!~

Re:I can see it now (0)

darkain (749283) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898203)

... PROFIT!!

Re:I can see it now (3, Insightful)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898719)

Hey, it's musicians making money, and I'm all for that. At least they're not recording an album of their lives' work for some label that gives them a 5000 dollar advance against future earnings and then touring for a year all so that they can end up owing the record company money and not even owning their own songs. Oh, and I've forgotten, even if they've sold 150,000 records, the label tells them they've lost a bundle and now they have to sell their instruments so they can give the 5k advance back.

No, I give these guys credit for at least being a little creative about making a living as musicians. It's really not all about fame.

Re:I can see it now (3, Funny)

Redlazer (786403) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898233)

Im pretty sure there are already numerous rap songs containing those lyrics.

Or, just as likely, covering up for either of those two situations.

-Red

Re:I can see it now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19898441)

If you think those are gems, you ought to check out DJ Nutsack over on the traxinspace website. Fantastic music, though the site is in beta.

Re:I can see it now (1)

hardburlyboogerman (161244) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898975)

Great! Now you can make songs like "Atomic Wedgie" (In The Navy by the Village People) or "Your Stinking Fart"(Your Cheating Heart By Hank Sr)
OH what fun this is gonna be!!

Now hold on there.... (3, Funny)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899171)

New gems like, "Pownt, I owned your ass loser. You suck, I rock"

It's not all going to be heavy metal

"I love gay sex"

Or country music, ya know.

And So....haveing thusly offended a significant portion of the Slashdot demographic...exit our hero through the front door...STAGE LEFT

Re:Now hold on there.... (1)

thc69 (98798) | more than 6 years ago | (#19900253)

And So....haveing thusly offended a significant portion of the Slashdot demographic
You must mean you've offended people with the metal thing, because I'm pretty sure I'm the only slashdot user who likes country [hank3.com].

I CAN'T BELEIVE IT'S NOT HORSECOCK! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19897691)

But it isn't! Put some pants on!

Re:I CAN'T BELEIVE IT'S NOT HORSECOCK! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19897735)

Chuck Norris *can* believe it's not horsecock!

Call my cynical, but... (3, Insightful)

adona1 (1078711) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897709)

Neat idea, or more proof that the music industry has jumped the shark?

Re:Call my cynical, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19897963)

The music industry has NOT jumped the shark! Announcing RoboLyrics 9000! Here are some fine examples of what this inexpensive tool can do for YOU for only $29.95:

"My baby done left me and my heart ain't gonna never gonna be the same. Oh ___, it ain't been the same since you went away. You stole my ____, and my ____ is broken."

"Say, you're cute; can I buy you a beer? Why don't we go to my place, it's noisy in here." Twang toot ploink.

From the album "OpenSource Blues" by Linus Tux and the CPPs.

Re:Call my cynical, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19898721)

This is a little song I wrote about an ex: My baby done left me and my heart ain't gonna never gonna be the same. Oh dearest customers, it ain't been the same since you went away. You stole my music, and my monopoly is broken. Yours, RIAA

Re:Call my cynical, but... (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898761)

(damn HTML formatting) This is a little song I wrote about an ex: My baby done left me and my heart ain't gonna never gonna be the same. Oh dearest customers, it ain't been the same since you went away. You stole my music, and my monopoly is broken. Yours, RIAA

Re:Call my cynical, but... (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898777)

Aaaaand that's what happens when you try to reply again and the settings are still on default. I'll just get me coat.

(This is a little song I wrote about an ex:

My baby done left me and my heart ain't gonna never gonna be the same.
Oh dearest customers, it ain't been the same since you went away.
You stole my music, and my monopoly is broken.

Yours,
RIAA)

Re:Call my cynical, but... (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898829)

That was lame. You shouldn't have posted it once let alone 3 times.

Re:Call my cynical, but... (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899091)

My baby done left me and my heart ain't gonna never gonna be the same. Oh dearest bagina, it ain't been the same since you went away. You stole my karma, and my formatting is broken. :(

Re:Call my cynical, but... (1)

Kwiik (655591) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898227)

instead of being closed minded

maybe you could think of it as

"Neat idea, finally a recording studio is trying something new to appeal to a fanbase"

They're trying to make more profit (and break in to the industry) by tearing down molds instead of suing file sharing P2P network-users.

Re:Call my cynical, but... (2, Insightful)

Redlazer (786403) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898239)

You must be new here.

Everyone is close minded. Especially when it comes to *-bashing.

And no, thats not asterisk bashing. One thing can all agree on - the asterisk rocks, and I absolutely refuse to accept any other input on the subject, as my opinion is final, and anyone who disagrees is an idiot.

-Red

Re:Call my cynical, but... (1)

everett (154868) | more than 6 years ago | (#19900263)

Man, screw the * all it ever did for me was delete all the files in my home folder. now the ~ that's what I'm talking about, and anyone who disagrees with me is an idiot and a fool.

Already a book like this... (1)

dagobah_19 (1129729) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899851)

Coincidentally, someone also wrote a book like this that looks at the incredible stupidity of the music industry and today's youth. It also features the a lot templates you are talking about. Except you don't have to pay anything to steal the lyrics (well, except buying the book)...

http://www.lulu.com/content/919150 [lulu.com]

Re:Call my cynical, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19900547)

It's called innovation. It might not work but it's encouraging to see. I know we're not used to this from the music industry and it can be kind of weird and unsettling for some, but it's a good thing.

There's a market for this ? (3, Insightful)

Joebert (946227) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897719)

I can't imagine anyone paying someone a few hundred dollars to do somthing most people do for fun at work or at parties.

Re:There's a market for this ? (2, Insightful)

der'morat'aman (1076365) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897765)

But most people doing this, especially at parties, are absolutely pathetic at it. This way you can get someone who CAN sing to do it ... Maybe not a couple of hundred dollars though, particularly if they're American (it still beats the Aussie dollar, though we're catching up).

Re:There's a market for this ? (4, Insightful)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897879)

At least they're trying to innovate. It's a lot better than sueing their fanbase or shutting down internet radio like mainstream music has been doing.

Don't knock them for trying, I say. It's about time a music group tried to use the internet for something new.

Re:There's a market for this ? (2, Funny)

Alterion (925335) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898019)

I can imagine a big market, there Britney spears for one... No better way to improve her album sales than remove her from even having to pretend to sing :)

Re:There's a market for this ? (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899015)

Having read that, I can't help but wonder if this is just a ploy to get her some new material.

Re:There's a market for this ? (4, Insightful)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898335)

I can't imagine anyone paying someone a few hundred dollars to do somthing most people do for fun at work or at parties.

I can't imagine someone paying someone a few hundred dollars to draw a picture of my kid based on a photo I already have either.

But I did it.

Re:There's a market for this ? (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898399)

That's a good point.

Wait, you regularly draw pictures of your kid from photos for fun at work & parties ?
Do you put little mustaches & devil horns on them ?

Re:There's a market for this ? (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898457)

That's a good point.

Wait, you regularly draw pictures of your kid from photos for fun at work & parties ?


Wait, you do parties in a sound studio and then master professionally the recordings into a song?

Re:There's a market for this ? (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898481)

I had to backup to the original post, I still have no clue where you got that idea from.

Re:There's a market for this ? (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899009)

I had to backup to the original post, I still have no clue where you got that idea from.

work on it, you'll figure it out eventually...

Re:There's a market for this ? (1)

Webcommando (755831) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898967)

Wonder if I can make money selling rewrites to my Slashdot rock song "I Read It On Slashdot" [webcommando.com]?

Yes, you too can have your name sung with same breath as references to Taco and hot grits...order now!

Nah...I released it under Creative Commons, so you can do it yourself!

Re:There's a market for this ? (1)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 6 years ago | (#19900825)

You do realize that for those few hundred dollars you get the ORIGINAL ARTISTS singing the song? Look, if you could pay $500 bucks to get the still living Beatles to record a version of "Hey Jude" using your name, wouldn't you do it? I would pay that much cash in an instant, and declare it my 'theme song'. Play it my birthday, etc.

Re:There's a market for this ? (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 6 years ago | (#19900911)

That's like sex with a hooker, it's great untill you realize you just spent $500 to do it.

This has been done (5, Informative)

vell0cet (1055494) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897727)

Only, the artist will write a completely original song based on your instructions/lyrics.

www.songstowearpantsto.com

Some of the stuff he writes is hilarious. I don't think anyone here would doubt his talent.

Re:This has been done (1)

GizmoToy (450886) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897803)

Thanks for the link. I was cracking up listening to "Sad Sad Toaster Made of Glass." The guy will even make the song free if he likes your idea. Pretty cool site.

Re:This has been done (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19898727)

Cool, this guy reminds me a bit of Weird Al Yankovic.
Thanks for the link...

Re:This has been done (1)

LordKronos (470910) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899559)

Thanks for the link. That website is great. So many funny songs there.

SONG #0257: THIS GIRL - I have to image the song didn't quite turn out the way the requester imagined.

Not necessarily a bad idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19897755)

I could write better lyrics than anything played on MTV or the radio in the past 15-20 years.

I think we used to have something similar (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897759)

Was it like this [madlibs.org]?

Re:I think we used to have something similar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19897777)

or vitamin c's graduation song, except it just put your names at one point in the song similar.

Wookin Pa Nub (2, Insightful)

jomama717 (779243) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897761)

Just in case there's anyone out there that thinks this will get them laid, be warned - she'll likely laugh you out of the room and reject you with extreme prejudice. If she doesn't, be warned again - she's too desperate to get involved with.

Seriously though, this has to be one of the lamest ideas I've ever heard of. I know as little about women as the next guy (and I'm married), but I do know they can smell assembly line romance from a mile away - and they hate it.

Re:Wookin Pa Nub (2, Interesting)

TheDugong (701481) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897829)

"I do know they can smell assembly line romance from a mile away" Too true, but I dare you to do nothing on the conveyor belt that is valentines day. Soon it may well be, roses, chocolate, dinner AND a song.

Re:Wookin Pa Nub (2, Insightful)

jomama717 (779243) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897885)

Touché. I once strayed from the Valentine's day best practices and paid dearly for it. That's the time I learned "hockey tickets" don't exactly do it for them either...

Re:Wookin Pa Nub (1)

jacksdl (552055) | more than 6 years ago | (#19900097)

I can add my warning that the tri-color LED quartz crystal necklace from ThinkGeek is not necessarily appreciated as a token of affection. This probably is true of any jewelry that requires batteries.

A boon to mediocraty (3, Funny)

Smight (1099639) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897763)

Hey there indie rockers!
Can't wait to sell out, but you don't have the talent to get a record company interested in mutilating your songs?
Well you're in luck!!

Do it from scratch! (1)

qrwe (625937) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897781)

First of all: if you want your hit - start write on it yourself! A song can't be better then that you express your on feelings with your own lyrics/melody/harmony. Secondly: I don't want to hear e.g. exactly the same melody/harmony with different lyrics all the time on my radio (which happens with music 'hits' anyway now and then..).

This is how it's always worked.... (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897811)

...at least in the world of Pop music. Have you listened to any pop lately? It's mostly interchangable shite.

But hey it all started with rock - 3 chords and an infinite variety of combinations and words...sometimes the whole is more than the sum of it's parts (and sometimes it's just pure garbage).

Kinda reminds me of the "choose your own adventure" books I read in primary school.

Re:This is how it's always worked.... (1)

ross.w (87751) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897843)

But hey it all started with rock - 3 chords and an infinite variety of combinations and words...sometimes the whole is more than the sum of it's parts (and sometimes it's just pure garbage).


"All I want is a red guitar, three chords and the truth"

Bono

Re:This is how it's always worked.... (2, Insightful)

syousef (465911) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898001)

Pity most settle for the red guitar, 3 chords and incoherent drug induced crapola. (Not saying that about Bono. He actually comes across as an intelligent guy in interviews and seems to have some kind of grip on issues like the envrionment...who knows if it's all part of the act or not though).

Re:This is how it's always worked.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19898083)

Because the best way to help the enviorment is to fly around in a jet and ride in limos.

Yeah...

Three Chords (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19898161)

What's the problem with three chords? Here's the deal: if you've got song that stays in a given key, you only need three chords. Consider the key of C Major- it's got the following pitch collection: {C, D, E, F, G, A, B}. As a songwriter, you've got to create a harmony for the melody. That generally means that you have to match up appropriate chords to the melody.

A simple way of thinking about how chords are built is that they use the pitch collection, but they skip over every other note. So if you started with a C, you'd skip the D, use the E, skip the F, and use the G. So a C chord from the C Major scale consists of the pitches {C,E,G}. You could continue to add pitches ({C,E,G,B} is a C Major 7th, {C,E,G,B,D} is a C Major 9th), but past three pitches, you start adding dissonant pitches to the chords, and things get a bit complex.

In the key of C Major, you have 7 possible "basic" chords, one for each note in the scale:

  • C Major {C,E,G}
  • D Minor {D,F,A}
  • E Minor {E,G,B}
  • F Major {F,A,C}
  • G Major {G,B,D}
  • A Minor {A,C,E}
  • B Diminished {B,D,F}
The names of the chords (Major, Minor, Diminished) refer to the quality of the chords. Play them on your piano, and you'll hear them.

Music Theory 1A says that, given a melody pitch X, you can find a possible harmony by selecting a chord that contains that pitch. Each pitch can be harmonized by one of three chords - a chord with the pitch in the first note {X,?,?}, in the second note of the chord {?,X,?) or the third note of the chord {?,?,X}:

  • C: C Major {C,E,G}, A Minor {A,C,E}, and F Major {F,A,C}
  • D: D Minor {D,F,A}, B Diminished {B,D,F}, and G Major {G,B,D}
  • E: E Minor {E,G,B}, C Major {C,E,G}, and A Minor {A,C,E}
  • F: F Major {F,A,C}, D Minor {D,F,A}, and B Diminished {B,D,F}
  • G: G Major {G,B,D}, E Minor {E,G,B}, and C Major {C,E,G}
  • A: A Minor {A,C,E}, F Major {F,A,C}, and D Minor {D,F,A}
  • B: B Minor {B,D,F}, G Major {G,B,D}, and E Minor {E,G,B}

Looking at the list, you can see that you've got lots of options for harmonizing the melody. (Constraints like harmonic movement (i.e. what chord changes sound less random than others) come into play, but I'll ignore those for the movement and move on...

All right, we're almost there. There are lots of options, but notice that if we chose to only use the three major chords (C Major, F Major, G Major), we'd be able to harmonize things just fine, with no gaps in coverage:

  • C: C Major {C,E,G}, and F Major {F,A,C}
  • D: G Major {G,B,D}
  • E: C Major {C,E,G}
  • F: F Major {F,A,C}
  • G: G Major {G,B,D}, and C Major {C,E,G}
  • A: F Major {F,A,C}
  • B: G Major {G,B,D}
Those minor chords can be replaced with their relative majors - the relative major of A Minor {A,C,E} is C Major {C,E,G}. Note that they share two pitches in common, so your typical listener isn't going to hear much difference.

The point of all this is that "three chords" isn't nearly as limiting as people make it out to be. It's sufficient to get the job done (harmonically speaking) for most songs. (Jazz and other styles that depend on sophisticated harmonic dissonances notwithstanding).

Re:Three Chords (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19898739)

I swear i will never understand music theory again. I learnt a lot when i was a kid and play a brass instrument but now i've taken up the guitar and it's completely lost on me.

I've got a billion pop song tool (3, Funny)

fantomas (94850) | more than 6 years ago | (#19897891)

Ultimately configurable, you can get a billion pop songs from it. The world's top hits have been made using it. It's called AlphaBet (TM) and I'll sell you it for only 19.99, send to the address below...

Re:I've got a billion pop song tool (2, Funny)

Gzip Christ (683175) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899247)

It's called AlphaBet (TM) and I'll sell you it for only 19.99
No thanks, I'll wait for the beta.

Cut and Paste Music (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19897997)

For those who want fully produced tracks, there's a product called MyCowriter [drumsondemand.com] that lets you cut and paste together pre-produced tracks and add lyrics. For those who want a bit more challenge, there's prebuilt drum tracks [betamonkeymusic.com], prebuilt bass loops [drumsondemand.com], guitar loops [bigfishaudio.com]. There's even a jazz quartet loop collection for assembling jazz music. You can use something like Apple's [bigfishaudio.com]Garageband [apple.com] program, or a multitrack application like Reaper [cockos.com]. Band in a Box [bandinabox.com] gets a bit of a bad rap, but it's a pretty cool tool, also.

The problem with that stuff (cool as it is) it that it's easy to get lost in all the technology, and lose sight of what you're after. If you're a real geek, you've probably already got at least one musical instrument you can play - guitar, piano, zither... Whatever. Doing it yourself will be a lot more impressive than paying some dude to do it for you. I taught myself how to play a handful of instruments, and I'm pretty much the klutziest guy I know. Have a look at something like How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons [amazon.com] for a good book that demystifies making music.

Here's a quick lesson: if you've got access to a piano, you'll notice that the black keys are grouped in a repeating pattern of 3 and 2. The scale of notes (starting with the leftmost of the 3 black keys) spells out a F# major pentatonic scale (F# G# A# C# D#). It's the same scale that windchimes are tuned to - play those keys, and you won't hit a bad note. (For those curious, it's a "gapped" scale, with the notes B and F (technically E#) removed, which gets of the potential dissonance between the notes A# and B and F and F#. Play the F# with your left hand, and then noodle around on the black keys with your right hand. Change the note your left hand plays for variety (the progression F#, B, C# is particularly nice) and you've got it made. This isn't rocket science.

If music's not your gig, write a poem, or make a drawing, or whatever. Just make it honest. When my wife (girlfriend at the time) and I were broken up, she came over one day and snuck a look into my desk, and found a bunch of poems I had written about how miserable I was feeling without her. (No, I hadn't planned on her ever reading them - I'm pretty damned shy. Why do you think I'm posting as an Anonymous Coward?)

Anyway, she had already heard from me how I felt, but it wasn't until she actually read my private stuff for herself that she believed it.

It's not the slickness of the production, or the heartfelt sound of the singer's voice that's going to win her over. It's putting a chunk of your heart on the line, and doing something that's authentically you. (Unfortunately, that doesn't typically include writing her some elegant code).

Thanks, that worked! Got more? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19898305)

The scale of notes (starting with the leftmost of the 3 black keys) spells out a F# major pentatonic scale (F# G# A# C# D#). It's the same scale that windchimes are tuned to - play those keys, and you won't hit a bad note.

That worked nicely -- thanks! :-)

Got any more little gems like that? I'd love to try them out.

Sounds like you understand music ... which is nice. :-)

Re:Cut and Paste Music (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19898373)

she came over one day and snuck a look into my desk, and found a bunch of poems I had written about how miserable I was feeling without her. (No, I hadn't planned on her ever reading them

Dude, you're seriosly in trouble if you love a nosy bitch that goes through your private notes ... only reason she would do that is she doesn't trust you and doesn't respect your need of privacy. You need to work on her trust issues.

Finally I can rewrite 'Blinded by the Light' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19898037)

Cool, finally I can rewrite the lyrics to Manfred Mann's Earth Band's 'Blinded by the Light'" [youtube.com]:

~~Blinded by the light~~Wrapped up like a douche into the runner of the night~~

Re:Finally I can rewrite 'Blinded by the Light' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19898977)

Wrapped up like a douche into the runner of the night

Bruce Springsteen's lyrics are actually "Revved up like a deuce" [wikipedia.org], as in the infamous "Little deuce coupe"; Manfred Mann claims theirs is too though its more debatable...

Not new. (1)

julesh (229690) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898067)

This is simply the music industry's response to the vanity press. I first saw it commented on here [nielsenhayden.com].

Music as a service (2, Insightful)

teebob21 (947095) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898073)

For once, TFA has nothing to do with the "piracy" of music or the RIAA or any of the news that we associate with digital music lately.

It's some musicians with a few mediocre tracks providing a service to those sentimental enough for a customized song. Admit it, most people (read: women) are suckers for sweet songs with their names in it. They've realized that their product isn't going to bring in the cash, so they have taken what they've got and are reselling it as a personalized service. If they'd had a few more buzzword-loving execs, they'd be calling it Music 2.0.

Re:Music as a service (1)

TechForensics (944258) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898255)

Sentiment is not the only reason one might want such a song, and women wanting sweet personal songs would logically not be the biggest consumers.

Gee, I had mod points, and I posted a response instead. Can I really be a /.ter...

Been done for ages in ... (2, Informative)

rasjani (97395) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898093)

This is nothing new. Since 50-60s, jamaican soundsystems aka dj's have been recording customized versions of hit tunes that are unique to them in one way or the other. Either the lyrics have been changed, tune is recorded to different background or both. Since then, this type of recorded custom music has moved to different genres and is very typical also in electronic music like drumnbass and such types which have influences from caribbean music. Dj's use to outshine other because they can play tunes that other dj's dont have.

There's a also a sort of a "sport" revolving around this phenomenon and its called soundclash. 2 different dj's or dj groups "battle" against each other with custom tunes..

Could be good as a gift for someone but... (1)

postlude (1129605) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898103)

...didn't Stock, Aitken and Waterman do this for Pop singers 20 years ago?

Old (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898243)

Back in the 80's, so many people were starting bands and had their own 4-track cassette that record companies started releasing singles in the single sided 4 track cassette format. You could just play it as was or you could remix it to your hearts content.

Has already existed and thrived for a long time ! (2, Informative)

BigJim.fr (40893) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898467)

Those of you who listen to African, and particularly Congolese music are familiar with that scheme. Songs are peppered with praise for individuals who paid for it. Actually it is so big that some artists pre-finance their albums production that way ! It is like embedding advertising in the songs. In a country where piracy makes album sales almost irrelevant, live performance and embedded advertising are important ways to make money.

Re:Has already existed and thrived for a long time (2, Informative)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898649)

Exactly. It's one manifestation of the patronage economic model.

Look at the extended editions of lord of the rings movies - people paid to get their names in the credits. Personally, not my thing, but considering just how long those credit rolls go for, obviously A LOT of people thought it was valuable to them.

Re:Has already existed and thrived for a long time (1)

jb.hl.com (782137) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898675)

So basically, if Slashdot gets its wet dream of a new kind of recording industry business model based around P2P, this is what they'll have to look forward to in the future: adverts in music, as it's the only real way to make money.

Lovely.

It's a good idea (1)

Jaaay (1124197) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898673)

but only for unsigned singers whose popularity is through their websites. That way if they have a few hundred dedicated fans maybe 10 of them will pay to get a love song changed to have their name in it for example and that'd earn the musician a few thousand $ as long as their fanbase is big enough.

I'm amazed (1)

bobetov (448774) | more than 6 years ago | (#19898831)

I'm amazed at all the negative comments on this. The idea is a clever one, it's directly innovative, and for the right occasion, a very good product.

Think about weddings, anniversaries and the like. What a cool gift for that special someone?

This is another step down the road to the infinitely personalized marketplace, which is a BIG trend with vast potential impact. In this particular case, it doesn't scale particularly well, but just like customized Nikes, this is a way for you as a "consumer" to be more involved, more creative, and more attached to something you normally get cranked out *at* you.

I give this one two thumbs up.

Que the RIAA Legal Engine.... (1)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899149)

Who will now find a way to copywright a song's framework thus making all derivitives under copyright. Then, they will look for a way to retro-actively go after Janet Jackson for putting her own lyrics to the music of "Ventura Highway".

Soon to be followed by M.C. Hammer, Vanilla Ice, et. al....and especially Wierd Al...

Nice job. next... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19899445)

I bought my first CD with slightly customized lyrics about 2 years ago.

It was a 'veggie tales' song CD for my kid. With her name inserted into the songs.

The mall kiosk I bought it at had hundreds of versions of the CD on a PC, and they burned the 'custom' one while we waited. My kid loved it.

Haha oh I know! (1)

manowar821 (986185) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899603)

I wonder if something like this is used by the recording industry to pump out all those "wonderful" songs we hear every day?

The latest version of the American Song Poem? (1)

KarmaRundi (880281) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899781)

The most famous example is Ramsey Kearney's "Blind Man's Penis (Peace And Love) [songpoemmusic.com]" definitely worth hearing if you never have.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_poem [wikipedia.org]:

"Song Poem usually refers to song lyrics which have been set to music for a fee. This practice, which has long been disparaged in the music industry, was also known as song sharking and was conducted by several businesses throughout the 20th century in North America.

Typically, the service was promoted through small display ads in popular magazines, comic books, tabloids, men's adventure journals and similar publications with a headline reading (essentially) Send in Your Poems - Songwriters Make Thousands of Dollars - Free Evaluation. The term lyrics was avoided because it was assumed potential customers would not understand what the term meant."

Shoddy marketing, though... (1)

famebait (450028) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899915)

Anyone else notice how they quite transparently used their own tech for generating the testimonial quotes?

Finally! (1)

edmicman (830206) | more than 6 years ago | (#19899933)

Now, I can finally have *real* songs with lyrics such as "Hold me closer, Tony Danza...", "Wrapped up like a douche..." and all the other misheard lyrics that are much better than the originals. Maybe I could have them actually transcribe Pearl Jam's song lyrics as mumbles, the way they are sung!

Even Better Idea (1)

itoleck (304334) | more than 6 years ago | (#19900455)

What is really needed is for labels to release in a multi track audio CODEC that can be totally remixed in any way. This would be great for practicing songs. You could take out the lead guitar and play that or the lyric track could be changed from explicit to radio. The lyric track could be taken out for karaoke.
I would pay more for this than a standard CD.

Prior "Art" (1)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 6 years ago | (#19900749)

Frank Zappa produced an album done by Wild Man Fisher. He was originally a street performer and would write a unique sing for anyone for a dollar. Several instances of him doing just that were on the album, along with some studio work with Zappa backing him up. Superbly weird. Your own song for a buck (with a Zappa stamp of approval) is better than a morphed song no matter how much.

YUCK! (1)

makoffee (145275) | more than 6 years ago | (#19900753)

One more nail in the coffin of creativity. However I believe that this system was already created in a more free (as in beer) form... I think they called it the blues. Everyone uses the same three chords and just comes up with their own lyrics.

I could do my own lyrics to CHOCOLATE RAYYYYN? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19900869)

FURRY RAYYYYYN
Fags in fursuits make me feel so ill
FURRY RAYYYYYN
Bukakke means a steep dry cleanin' bill

FURRY RAYYYYYN
Hide your children, hide your pets
FURRY RAYYYYYN
They'll be yiffin' before the sun sets

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