Great Job, Internet!: Mariah Carey suffers the indignities of a terrible MP3-to-MIDI conversion

Mariah Carey’s now-21-year-old holiday anthem, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” recently received a most appreciative write-up here at The A.V. Club, with Annie Zaleski praising the Spector-style pop tune as an enduring and endearing Yuletide tradition with many good years ahead of it. But Formeldeharv’s retro-styled Tumblr Snot, Spit And Tears! recently put the song to the ultimate endurance test to see whether it were still so charming after some radical reconstructive surgery. “I put ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ through a MIDI converter, and then back through an MP3 converter,” he writes. “The result is this garbage.” Said “garbage” is a half-mutilated, half-mutated digital instrumental that runs for nearly four agonizing, eardrum-punishing minutes. It sounds a bit like someone drunkenly playing the song on a tinny upright piano while a rambunctious kitten runs up and down the keys.

Rolling Stone once complained …

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