Feeds

Who star to make beautiful music with girlfriend's dog

Barking all the way to the bank

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Guitar smashing English rocker and internet enthusiast Pete Townshend has said he might use sounds made by his girlfriend's dog to create digital music.

"I as a composer would try to get something out of this dog that would give me the chance to turn the dog into music," he said.

"I might listen to the way it breathes, I might touch it and see how it feels, I might listen to its bark, I might look at the rhythm of his running."

The Who guitarist and songwriter has been talking up a web-based software program which he reckons can be used by anyone without a modicum of musical talent to compose a song, according to Reuters.

It's a project that Townshend has been thinking about since his art school days back in the pre-internet Swinging (yawn) Sixties.

The 62-year-old rock opera fanatic responsible for hit albums that include Tommy and Quadrophenia said: "You can put data in and get a piece of music out. It's as simple as that."

Townshend has endorsed the software, which is called Method and was developed by mathematician and composer Lawrence Ball and Dave Snowdon.

On the website, which is set to go live on 1 May, Method is explained as like "sitting for a portrait". The user "paints" the instrumental track using voice recordings, digital images, and a microphone to compose music.

A hand-picked team of composers then swoop in to work on the tracks. Townshend will sometimes join in to improve the music, adding more complex stuff which could eventually end up on a new album.

"It represents a whole new level of rock integration, blending rock and psychedelia with classical and experimental music," Ball said.

But ok, yes, we own up...

The rock star was joking about his girlfriend's dog, but he is deadly serious about the rest of it - including his hope that users will be happy to share the copyright of their original compositions. Your chance to become a rock god can be fully realised from 1 August when a subscription service will be made available on the website.

Surely, you would be barking mad not to sign up. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.