The articulate monkeys

There are several ways to write a good lyric. You might think that the best approach is to draw on personal (sometimes painful) experiences and then carefully craft couplets that express your innermost feelings, but the Infinite Monkey Project is addressing the songwriting process rather differently.

Backed by T9 (the predictive text people) and based on Emile Borel's 'infinite monkey theorum', the project aims to generate song lyrics completely randomly. The idea is that people text in a word and their name to 07797 801003. When collections of words come together to form vaguely coherent sentences they're put aside and set to music, and if your word is used in a song that becomes a hit you could get a royalty cheque.

To find out more, click here.

It'll be interesting to see if the project can throw up a line quite so inane as "Slowly walking down the hall, faster than a cannonball", which apparently was written by one human.

What do you think - good idea or plain daft?

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.