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Drive a song

Researchers at the University of Southern California have taken pity on all the poor talentless hacks who can barely make squawking noises out of a kazoo (you know who you are). They've set up the Expression Synthesis Project to convert music scores into virtual roads, so that you can actually play music by "driving" via their virtual driving console (Virtual Racing Chassis it is not). Because of ESP's "compelling metaphor for expressive performance," you kids can just put down that sousaphones and stop with the racket, already. Who needs proficiency in real instruments these days? Okay, fine — we'll play, but only if we get to experience the virtual landscape equivalent of Highway to Hell.

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