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Frasier does Nine Inch Nails

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:

Nine Inch Niles – The Seattleward Spiral

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Sweet Child O’Mine – Vienna Style

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.

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The Swinger

[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

Cream

I Will

Update – a few more tracks -by request:

Enter Sandman

Daft Punk’s Around the world

Sweet Child O’ Mine

(one of my favs)

Don’t Stop Believin’

White Rabbit

(this one is hypnotic)

Swinger uses the new Dirac time-stretching capabilities of Echo Nest remix. Source code is available in the samples directory of remix.

Be sure  to check out some of the other Music Hack Day hacks like Six Degrees of Black Sabbath, Jason’s Songbird Visualizer or the Artikulator.

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Earworm and Capsule at Music Hack Day San Francisco

[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.

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Bad Romance – the memento edition

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

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Here comes the antiphon

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

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Scar – an automatic remix of ‘Cars’

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.

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