Have you ever wanted to express yourself in song, but found that you're tragically terrible at singing? Why not let them sing it or you? This creative new project from Swedish National Radio lets you enter text and then generates a "song", of sorts, using a preselected bank of musical exerpts.
The project has gained a lot of notoriety, including "The Content Fusion Award" at Europrix and a "Special Commendation" at Prix Europe in 2004. Each song created draws upon different samples for each word in the sentence. Ultimately, you're left with a unique melody each time and a personalized message to share with your friends.
There's nothing more to using this site than typing a phrase in and clicking the play button. The application will take a few seconds to dig up the samples to use for the melody, and then play it for you. If, for whatever reason, you type in a word or a sound that doesn't match up with any of the samples, the application will replace that part of the word with a loud beep and make suggestions for you to change your word to fill in the gap. When you're happy with it, you can send it to a friend via email or get a link to your song for easy sharing on social media sites.
It's tough to be critical of such a diverse and creative project such as Let Them Sing It For You, but there are a few shortcomings with the service. If you make a few different melodies, you'll notice that a lot of the samples get used repeatedly. This wouldn't be as much of an issue if the samples weren't generally VERY recognizable. That's the tradeoff, though. Using recognizable samples makes the melodies come out better and have more entertainment value. All in all, it's a really fun project to check out, and I'm sure you'll have fun making up some tunes. Link us to your new personalized melody in the comments!