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Create your own virtual opera with just a few mouse clicks

Every year around this time, Mariah Carey’s classic song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” can be heard playing across the globe. Love it or hate it, the music video has racked up over 675 million views since its release in 2009.

Another popular outfit for the season is Boney M. With Christmas-inspired songs like Mary’s Boy Child and Oh My Lord, the YouTube channel has over 626 million views. Want some family-friendly fun this Christmas? Tap or click here to find out how to elf yourself.

You can also compose your own festive song this year. Google Arts and Culture and David Li developed a super cute web page where you can do just that! Let’s check it out.

Super adorable and tons of fun

Called Blob Opera, each of the four adorable blobs sing in a different tone. By dragging a blob up or down, it will change the pitch. By moving them back and forth, it will change the vowel sound.

Consisting of tenor, bass, mezzo‑soprano, and soprano sounds, you can slide, drag and experiment your way to creating your own Christmas song. In the bottom corner of the screen is a record button, so you can save your creations or share them with friends.

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Blob Opera makes use of machine learning by interpreting what it thinks opera sounds like. The interpretations and sounds you hear stem from real opera performers recording 16 hours of singing.

“This experiment pays tribute to and explores the original musical instrument: the voice. We developed a machine learning model trained on the voices of four opera singers in order to create an engaging experiment for everyone, regardless of musical skills,” reads a short note on the website.

If you are not feeling too creative, you can task the blobs with performing their renditions of eight popular Christmas carols like Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Joy to the World or Away in a Manger.  

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