Ere we polish the lamp to summon a refreshed version of lyricists’ friend Rhyme Genie, may I refer you to 23 June 2010? On that date, I posted searing approbation of Rhyme Genie 1.3, about which the developer, whom I shall code-name Pete, was ecstatically gratified. Unless, of course, you’ve already read the article and are blessed with an eidetic memory. No? OK, click here and we’ll hook up again presently... Welcome back. Now then, time has trooped on a number of leagues since June and we’ve now version 2 over which to pore.
Agent Pete has certainly been busy in enhancing Genie’s capabilities for the songwriter. A special Songwriter Dictionary has been added which is compiled from more than 100 million words in more than 600,000 song lyrics. Now you may think such a facility will encourage lyricists to churn out the homogenised; to end up sounding like everyone else. However, used properly, this new resource should produce exactly the opposite. Inadvertent plagiarism is endemic in songwriting - how many times have you sprung out of bed of a morning with a great idea for a tune, only to hear the exact same tune on the radio a few days later? ‘Oh shit, that’s where it came from’ is a common enough thought among creatives, hence the means to readily compare your scribblings against those of hundreds of thousands of others could well make you a rather more original songsmith.
Overall, then, Rhyme Genie totes in excess of 300,000 rhyming references, its rhyming engine able to generate mono and multisyllabic results with but a click, and you can fuzzy things up by reducing the similarity of sound. ‘Groove’ need not inevitably be followed by ‘move’ - try for ‘grieve’, or ‘children of the grave’. Hang on, that last one’s been done. Whatever, enhancements have been made to the AI engine in that Genie can better distinguish between primary and secondary stress in words, so near-rhymes are generated with greater accuracy. You’ll know from the v1.3 review the wealth of rhyme types that the software can handle, but you may not have seen it in action. Time to put that right...
Other tweaks in Genie 2 include the correction of a few erroneous entries and a revision of certain interface elements. It still takes longer than you’d expect to load, and to shut down. Also, there’s a flicker to the interface when resizing the Windows version, but Pete tells me he’s aware of this and is working on a solution. Perhaps it’ll appear in v3, which is slated for launch in January 2011. Remember, however, that upgrades are free, so buying in now shouldn’t mean yet another lump out of your budget come the New Year. Just make sure to keep your registration details in a safe place.
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