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In an episode last week, South Park took on 17-year-old producer Lorde. The punchline: Stan’s Dad is actually Lorde. (For some reason, publications like SPIN think the writers are serious about this. In the immortal words of MST3k, guys, just repeat to yourself, “it’s just a show. I should really just relax.”)

What makes all of this interesting to us is that the show did go to some detail creating a realistic DAW UI. Eagle-eyed readers may figure out which UI elements were modelled here. It’s closest to SONAR, I would say, though with a GarageBand / Tracktion-style loop browser and a very clear Pro Tools toolbar at top.

And, yes, it does take an amusing shot at how production tools can mask … a lack of talent. (Guilty as charged.)

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In case the YouTube link is removed, here’s the video on Hulu (for US audiences or people who know how to use VPNs only) for the two-episode story. The Lorde plot line is brought up first in Gluten Free Ebola, but they run far at Spin’s expense; the DAW reveal is in the second episode, “The Cissy.”

Thank you, David Abravanel.

Gluten Free Ebola [Comedy Central]

The Cissy