John Scott G

John Scott G

John Scott G, an admitted word nerd, writes books, plays, screenplays, and political commentary. Author of "Area Code 666," "Secret Sex," and "Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka," Mr. G also writes under the pseudonym Gerald Laurence. Every day he happily rubs a few phrases up against each other to create sparks in your brain. You're welcome.

6 Comments

  1. Matt
    Feb 3, 2009 @ 6:55 AM PST

    I think this video pretty well captures my feelings on Songsmith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjY2GGZpa1c .

    EDITOR’S NOTE: normally we don’t allow semi self-promotional links in comments on this site, but the above video on YouTube, “Songsmith blows” – done in a white boy rap with a little (almost) rasta flavor – is fairly amusing, and worth a look. 🙂 CS

  2. Michael
    Feb 3, 2009 @ 6:17 PM PST

    Well, yet another self-appointed defender of all things musical. Unfortunately, as with all very self-righteous people, your arrogance and intolerability are in clear evidence. If Songsmith instills a creative urge in 1% of those that use it, and they go on to make some personal music instead of being mindless robot slaves to automated FM swill, then it is a useful item. Not everyone has your awesome judgement and creative talents.

    That said, I do agree with your assessment of the ‘musical’ sources mentioned in your rant. That is the very reason for encouraging folks, albeit however simply, to make their own music. Even if they have to use Songsmith to do it.

  3. Laura H. Steckler
    Feb 4, 2009 @ 1:06 AM PST

    Awwww. Come on! The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies is far more entertaining than that was!

    RIP Ray Dennis Steckler 1-25-38 to 1-07-09

  4. Jonathan
    Mar 18, 2009 @ 9:27 PM PST

    Way to hate on children getting involved in creating music with computers! I’m impressed with how judgemental this article is of a fun piece of software! Great job!!!!

  5. Elizabeth
    May 29, 2010 @ 1:06 PM PST

    I can’t believe you don’t like Kenny G.
    As far as this music software I don’t think
    it’s meant to create art. But it might foster
    an interest in music for children and teenagers
    raised in the information age. My 10 yr old
    is learning to play piano on her iPhone and
    a computer piano. This program sounds
    like it could encourage her to branch off from
    sounding out music she hears onthe radio
    to learning how to find her own “voice.”
    This program sounds like a creative use of
    technology to familiarize kids with how sounds
    can be altered and something resembling
    music created. Don’t think you have a thing
    to worry about re this program resulting in
    real music. It reminds me of Milli Vanilli
    (sp) or stars caught lip synching. I’m curious
    to see how people will actually use this
    technology. I’m thrilled to see a real exchange
    of information/opinions in the Facebook-ish
    arena.

  6. Skoot
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 3:21 AM PST

    Scott,
    I’m greatful that you put these words down.
    I’m entirely fed up with the systematization
    of our world.
    Axes to grind aside, “simplication”
    via systematic intellectualization reaches
    a level of absurdity that parallels summarizing and regurgitating
    pericoital utterances. The final word is that the machine cannot ever be as complex as the maker…I adore music. Most of us do. Why cheapen such a beautiful thing?