Dylan Tallchief is a YouTube blogger who creates music and “damn remakes.” In November 2019, he showed that you can record songs even in Microsoft Excel – the program was essentially turned into a drum machine.
The program itself does not generate sound, but the spreadsheet in this case acts as a MIDI controller that starts the sounds in the sequence prescribed in Excel. To do this, Tollchief uses the “x” markers, which he places in the cells attached to a particular tool. In the table, you can adjust the playback speed and bit rate.
Dylan did not hide that this is not the most convenient way to create music. According to him, he just thought that Excel is somewhat similar to specialized programs like Ableton or FL Studio.
In February 2020, Tollchief introduced an improved version of “Musical Execl,” which he nicknamed xlStudio. This time, with the help of the table, the blogger made a cover for the song a-ha by “Take On Me”. He registered the melody in a separate editor, but set the sequence of notes in Excel. The principle remained the same as in the case of the drum machine, but the project greatly increased in scale.
Of course, xlStudio is faced with limitations in functions that have long been in specialized programs. Tollchiff noted that he worked on creating music at Excel because “it is no longer a meme, but a sad reality.” You can download the spreadsheet with your own sequence to check Excel features.
In the comments on YouTube, “Musical Excel” was received with humor.
Me: “Let’s take Ableton.” Mom: “We have Ableton at home.” Ableton Home:
But can you make excel in a music recording program?
Interview: “So, how would you describe your level in Excel?” / “YES”