Get Your Earplugs Ready
November 7, 2008 9:07 AM   Subscribe

Two of the hosts of The Gadget Show, Suzi Perry and Jason Bradbury, took on their most embarrassing challenge to date: they each had to record a song which would be broadcast on the show and judged by industry insiders. Using the latest in home studio (Jason) and pro studio (Suzi) technology, they attempted to perfect their amateur vocal skills and impress the experts. The Results: 'I Can Be Your Robot' and 'Running'.
posted by chuckdarwin (17 comments total)
If nothing else this is a great marketing scheme for "The Gadget Show", and likely it's only real point. Seems to be sort of working this far, as I'd never heard of any of these people before this post.
posted by datter at 9:31 AM on November 7, 2008 [2 favorites]

darn, I was just working on a FPP about two singers who do shows about technology, and are judged by Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
posted by HuronBob at 9:41 AM on November 7, 2008

I can't wait for the Unplugged version.
posted by doctorschlock at 9:42 AM on November 7, 2008

It *is* a great show, but I also wanted to moan about the ubiquity of auto-tune.
posted by chuckdarwin at 9:43 AM on November 7, 2008

His: Unlistenable.

Hers: Won't load (so I guess it's unlistenable as well.)

You kids need to learn to play guitars or something.
posted by elwoodwiles at 9:49 AM on November 7, 2008

That's probably because they present a programme that is a) on Five and b) fucking awful even by that channel's pitiful standards (not counting all their imported police procedurals to which I am shamefully addicted, the reason why I accidentally suffered through ten minutes of the Gadget Show).
posted by jack_mo at 9:51 AM on November 7, 2008

Oop, that was in reply to datter.
posted by jack_mo at 9:51 AM on November 7, 2008

Hers was unlistenable, but his was OK...if you like songs sung by robots. Which I do, but I'm a nerd.
posted by DU at 9:51 AM on November 7, 2008

State-of-the-art sounds a lot like the 80s, doesn't it?!
posted by markkraft at 10:03 AM on November 7, 2008

I've done something very similar with a gadget called a ukulele. It took me several years to learn how to program it, but it has turned out to be quite flexible, even without any sort of upgrading option.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:10 AM on November 7, 2008 [1 favorite]

This may be unlistenable. But it's still better than anything Colbie Caillat has ever recorded.

(apologies to mazola)
posted by pxe2000 at 10:21 AM on November 7, 2008

State-of-the-art sounds a lot like the 80s

It sounds like the 80's, but instead of costing £300,000, the studio now costs £0.30p
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:40 AM on November 7, 2008

It sounds like the 80's, but instead of costing £300,000, the studio now costs £0.30p

Slightly related, I'm reading Death Discs by Alan Clayson and he talks about The Sun compiling a dial-a-tune megamix of six Roy Orbison hits within hours of his death in 1988, for 38p a minute.

I thought about how far and cheap music and technology has come, when 20 years ago there was an audience gladly paying £5 to listen to music over a phone.
posted by Paid In Full at 11:01 AM on November 7, 2008

"I can make your ears bleed" and "No, really, anyone can make a pop song."
posted by Chuffy at 12:46 PM on November 7, 2008

Both songs are pretty crap, but at least hers has some sort of structure.

The hard part of songwriting seems to be, you know, writing and editing the actual song.

It's interesting to compare the female host's version to the "real version" by a pro (?). They're not much different. At all. Really, I can't say I prefer either one (but that may be because I don't like the song).
posted by mrgrimm at 1:38 PM on November 7, 2008

Er, wow. Hers sounds like generic late-nineties Eurodance, and his is — what's that genre called? Oh, right. Progressive Bullshit. In fairness, they are using the right tools to produce these things, and at least her song has lyrics and, in fact, some sort of musical progression beyond "oh man another rhythm line MY MIND IS BLOOOOOOWN."


Speaking of blown minds, this reminds me of a story told to me a few times by The White Hat about a grade he got once during college of "10/10%" — was it 100% (10/10)? Was it 10% (10%)? Was it, in fact, 10,000% (10/.1)? Mysteries all around us.
posted by DoctorFedora at 4:13 PM on November 7, 2008

Oh, can we recommend books now?


by Stuart Maconie
posted by chuckdarwin at 6:34 PM on November 7, 2008

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