Dictionaraoke by Snoogles
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Main Entry: dic·tio·nar·a·o·ke Pronunciation: 'dik-sh&-"ner-A-O-ke Definition: Audio clips from online dictionaries sing the hits of yesterday and today. The fun of karaoke meets the word power of the dictionary.
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Bastard Pop

Dictionaraoke is not a piece of software, but a website dedicated to a particular way of misusing specific software, which also contains a collection of the results of this misuse. The idea is very simple - both in terms of its concept and realization. You are supposed to pick a pop song, run its lyrics through an online dictionary equipped with a text-to-speech engine, record the result, and combine it with a midi file of the same song. As a result you will get a strange bastardized version of the song in which all the lyrics are sang (spoken) by "professional" artificial voices. It produces a strong humorous effect, but also lets us reflect once again on how "multi-media is killing media", as somebody neatly pointed out. The interesting thing about Dictionaroke is that it can be classified as a software tool for making music, although it's only a guide to (mis)using existing pieces of software. And it works! The authors have presented their idea to the Internet audience, who have responded to the challenge with enthusiasm.

by Alexei Shulgin, posted 04 May 2003


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