[intro] The Who guitarist's been fiddling around on the internet – creating some intriguing music software [/intro]
You'd think that the last thing on Pete Townshend's mind would be creating a web-based project, but the Who guitarist is set to unveil new online music-creation software on 1 May.
Entitled Method, the software will allow users to 'sit' for a 'musical portrait'. You will be asked to provide a voice recording, a digital image and a rhythm clapped into a mic, which will then be transformed into a digital music 'portrait'. You can then email or post the piece on your own website, and there's even the chance that it will be chosen by PT to be developed into a full-blown song.
While the chance of creating another Baba O'Reilly are slim, it's an interesting idea, and addresses the growing trend for music creation and distribution online, something that a surprising number of older music experimentalists seem to have embraced with gusto (hello Mr Eno, Mr Gabriel, Mr Bowie).
Pete has even suggested that a musical portrait of his dog might be possible: '"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..." Hmmm – Girls Aloud watch your backs...