Archive for category remix
Oh My – Musician Josh Millard has recreated The Downward Spiral using nothing but audio from the NBC sitcom Frasier. So wrong, and yet, so right. Josh has the whole remixed album plus a video on his blog:
I was wondering how far one could go with the time-stretching stuff and still make something musical. Here’s an attempt to turn a rock anthem into a waltz. It is a bit rough in a few places, especially the beginning – but I think it settles into a pretty nice groove.
[tweetmeme source= ‘plamere’ only_single=false] One of my favorite hacks at last weekend’s Music Hack Day is Tristan’s Swinger. The Swinger is a bit of python code that takes any song and makes it swing. It does this be taking each beat and time-stretching the first half of each beat while time-shrinking the second half. It has quite a magical effect. Some examples:
Every Breath You Take
Money for Nothing
Update – a few more tracks -by request:
Daft Punk’s Around the world
Sweet Child O’ Mine
(one of my favs)
Don’t Stop Believin’
(this one is hypnotic)
[tweetmeme source= ‘plamere’ only_single=false] This weekend The Echo Nest is releasing some new remix functionality – Earworm and Capsule. Earworm lets you create a new version of a song that is any length you want. Would you like 2 minute version of Stairway to Heaven? Or a 3 hour version of Freebird? Or an Infinitely long version of Sex Machine? Earworm can do that. Here’s a 60 minute version of a little Rolling Stones ditty:
Capsule takes a list of tracks and optimizes the song transitions by reordering them and applying automatic beat matching and cross fading to give you a seamless playlist. It is really neat stuff. Here’s an example of a capsule between two Bob Marley songs:
It makes a nice little Bob Marley medley.
Jason writes about Capsule and Earworm and some other new features in remix in his new (and rather awesome) blog: Running With Data – Earworm and Capsule. Check it out.
At SXSW I gave a talk about how computers can help make remixing music easier. For the talk I created a few fun remixes. Here’s one of my favorites. It’s a beat-reversed version of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance. The code to create it is here: vreverse.py
I’m gearing up for the SXSW panel on remix I’m giving in a couple of weeks. I thought I should veer away from ‘science experiments’ and try to create some remixes that sound musical. Here’s one where I’ve used remix to apply a little bit of a pre-echo to ‘Here Comes the Sun’. It gives it a little bit of a call and answer feel:
The core (choir?) code is thus:
for bar in enumerate(self.bar): cur_data = self.input[bar] if last: last_data = self.input[last] mixed_data = audio.mix(cur_data, last_data, mix=.3) out.append(mixed_data) else: out.append(cur_data) last = bar
An automatic cut-up by Adam Lindsay of this video:
Adam says: No human choices were made in the creation of this video. The video and the audio are always cut in sync with reference to the original: what you see and hear at any given moment are what Rob Sheridan captured in real time with his single camera setup.