iPhone Day: LaDiDa’s Reverse Karaoke Composes Accompaniment to Singing

LaDiDa Demo from khush on Vimeo. There’s no question iPhone/iPod touch development – really, just clever mobile development – has gotten a bit overhyped lately. But that’s all the more reason to do a round-up of genuinely interesting stories, real innovation happening on the platform. So, I’m clearing out my inbox with some of the more creative tools appearing recently on Apple’s mobile gadgets. There’s no better way to kick off today’s festivities than with this unusual “reverse karaoke” creation. Sure, people may think they’re tone-deaf. But even the layperson has extraordinary powers of musical perception. So how could you …

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Roland’s VIMA Concept Keyboard: Digital Media Hub and … Karaoke Workstation?

Finally, the wait is over. As technology companies battle for the living room, Roland has built the ultimate convergence device. The VIMA concept keyboard addresses the need of the average home consumer to play organ and keyboard sounds, manage digital photos and videos, and perform karaoke using a single, integrated product. The days of having to play 88-key keyboards without the convenience of transforming your digital video and photo content into interactive karaoke performances can now be a distant memory. Translate what I just said to Japanese, and I think it might make sense. Roland has just unveiled VIMA (rhymes …

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Info Wanted: Webcor Music Machine (Karaoke FM Radio Synth?!)

Okay, synth sleuths. Here’s a puzzler for you from composer/producer Fer Isella. He’s got a mysterious instrument called the Webcor Music Machine he retrieved from a backyard sale, but can’t find out anything about it: It’s really amazing sounding. It’s called “The Music Machine” by Webcor. It’s got organ section, rhythm section, tape player and recorder. You can record yourself playing with the radio tuner that it’s got, and the same radio antenna has in its tip a MICROPHONE! He-he that you can sing too. The 2 speakers on the bottom sound really amazing, big bassy sound. If you have …

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Karaoke Inventor Profile, Karaoke Goes Digital

This week's CDM Fine Reading Award goes to channelnewsasia.com for profiling an inventor we really care about: the inventor of karaoke, Daisuke Inoue. Aside from being the most horrendous case of "really should have patented that" ever, Inoue turns out to be an Ig Nobel Prize Winner (alongside the authors of published report The Effects of Country Music on Suicide), and reached his stroke of genius by being . . . a really lazy accompanist. (I can relate to that.) What's next? Automatic cockroach-killing gadgetry and the ability to wash dishes and laundry without soap. (I can relate to those, …

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