Pete Townshend, software genius?

The man behind The Who, or depending on your POV, the guy in front of the seminal British band, figures it’d be wise to let the talentless, common folk be able to compose music. Guess he’s been watching too much “American Idol.” Anyway, the rocker has unveiled computer software for creating digital music.

To wit, courtesy of Yahoo Music:

The Who guitarist/songwriter said that with a voice recording, a digital image and a rhythm clapped into a microphone, his new “Method” software will create spontaneous digital music and allow anyone to be a composer, and possibly a rock star.

“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 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.

But you better start thinking of songs quickly. Beginning on May 1, the software will be available to use at The Lifehouse Method. Unfortunately, that free software will cost money beginning August 1. But that’s three months! An entire summer’s worth! Don’t get fooled, (har! har!) cause there isn’t much to do over at the site, but you can play around with the basic tracks that make up “Baba O’Riley.” Which is sorta fun, for about 45 seconds, give or take.

MP3: The Who – “Baba O’Riley”

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