Pete Townshend Announces Method – Online Music Creation Software
Pete Townshend unveiled the new Method software which claims to will help music fans compose music with a voice recording, a digital image and a rhythm clapped into a microphone. The software will instantaneously create digital music and allow anyone to be a “composer.”
“The Method is software that creates music, allowing you to ‘sit’ for a musical portrait just as if you were being painted. The software ‘paints’ your music. It will only take a few minutes of your time.” What?? We weren’t too impressed with the Demo song on the Listen page, but Who knows, this project was funded by Townsend, so we’ll have to give him the benefit of the doubt.
“You can put data in and get a piece of music out. It’s as simple as that,” said Townshend, a technical wizard who pioneered the use of the synthesizer more than 35 years ago on the classic Who tunes “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Baba O’Riley.” The project, which started percolating during his art school days in the 1960s, was developed by mathematician-composer Lawrence Ball and software developer Dave Snowdon.
From May 1, users will be able to get free access to the Web site for three months, and will be able to compose instrumental tracks that they can e-mail or post on their Web sites. It will become a subscription-based service beginning August 1.
More information on Method.