The new MT9 file-format sounds very fab. Don’t like the cliched/whiny vocals on an MP3 track? Turn them off with the flick of a button.

“A new file format that offers separate volume controls for each musical instrument, such as guitar, drum, base and voice, is being considered as a new Internet standard. The new .MT9 file format, which a commercial title of “Music 2.0″, was selected as a candidate for consideration at a regular meeting of Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG).”

“Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are both interested in equipping their mobile phones with an MT9 player and their first commercial products are likely to debut early next year”

“We don’t want to be too fussy about DRM (digital right management), said Ham Seung-Chul, chief of Audizen” [ which is promoting the standard ] .

Why have they chosen “Music 2.0” for the branding, and why are they not too “fussy” about DRM? Well, I can see how there might be a potential social content-production aspect. There’s the possibility of a new grassroots “online karaoke” scene which will be able to easily “mod” songs by adding new and better vocals, without any great remixing skills.

I can also imagine software that will be able to more-accurately automatically measure various parameters (BPM, vocal velocity, chord geometries, etc) in MT9 music tracks than it can now. And then, having crunched all that data, automatically suggest which tracks are likely candidates for fruitful recombinations. For example, if you wanted to make a song where Morrissey warbles along to a U2 backing — then the software could suggest the tracks with the best fits.

Which, of course, seems likely to have the U.S. record companies throwing yet another hissy-fit.