I’ve been having a lot of fun with this app we found on the Google Play Store. Justin was showing us these old youtube videos that had been made into funny raps and songs, and we were laughing so hard. At the end of the videos there was a commercial ad for an app that they said they made the songs with. So I was curious to try it. Unfortunately I couldn’t get it to work on my phone, but I found some sister apps made by the same company, Smule. The one I’ve been having fun with is the Autorap App by Smule. The children and I have been making fun songs on there almost on a daily basis.
My songs are mostly devotional in nature, spiritual songs and mini messages that I then find myself listening to during the day- and because of the pop music, the messages just get stuck in my head. Which is good when the recordings I make are spontaneous one liners I feel God speaking to me.
The children on the other hand have been taking a different approach with AutoRap. Josiah who is about to turn 4 next month was the first one to use it, and his first song comprised of 1 word. “Fart Cloud”. It got stuck in my head so much that I had to record a song just to combat the effect. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with catchy music playing in your head, and the only lyrics are, “FFFFart Cloud” And that’s pretty much how most of their songs have been. Well, maybe not as catchy as “Fart Cloud”. But some of them are super cute. I found my phone with a new Autorap on it by Zoe (7) that has her cute little voice going, “Pizza’s my favorite food! What’s yours’?” It’s just so cute to listen to. I don’t know if it’s the inflections…it makes me smile though.
So how AutoRap works is that it takes pop music hits and uses them as background tracks, and it uses random filters and mixes and autotunes the recordings you make and puts them with the backing tracks. Many times it will speed up your voice in weird places and cut up your sentences strangely. You really never know how it will turn out. Sometimes you just have to delete it, sometimes it’s too fast, and sometimes you think you think you’re a genius. Personally, I’m addicted to it. But I create music on a daily basis, and have grown a bit tired of just using my guitar all the time. So this has really been a breath of fresh air to me.
About a month ago I was contemplating how I felt about electronic music when a musician that I liked came out with a new album that had quite a bit of obvious auto tuning in it. Is it cheating? Is is faking? Is it just being creative? Is it a new frontier? Everyone seems to have their own opinion, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I like electronic music, like a lot of other people. But at the same time, isn’t Auto tune to music, what Photoshop is to pictures? Photoshop isn’t wrong either, but sometimes the effects can be very deceptive in some strange way. I know how inferior Photoshopped models make me feel when that’s what I see a lot of.
But today I realized that what I believe are the most important things to me are the message, and the creative exploration of new and fun ways to share messages and remember messages that God is speaking to me. I’m not much of an art critic. If it speaks to me, it does. If it appeals to me, it does. I’d rather be like a child, and create from what I am hearing and perceiving from God’s voice and heart toward me. And whatever He happens to be saying.
Anyhow, I’m inspired by the technology, and wish this was a real program you could put on your computer. I think it’s cool that they can run your voice recordings through a coded program that can actually make a song from just a spoken sentence. So fun. I’m inspired to try new stuff.
So here are some of my favorite AutoRap recordings so far:
“Gonna Be Ok”
“Breaker Break Through”
“I see Heaven.”
The some of the children’s AutoRap Recordings so far:
“What does the Frog Say? Quackeow.” By Josiah
“Toddler Mutant Ninja Kitten” -The intro to Josiah’s new show…
“Fart Cloud” by Josiah