What's the word? Techno-bird?
December 4, 2011 7:49 AM   Subscribe

Techno is the word! generates a little techno loop based on a word. (requires Chrome)

via London Music Hack Day which is streaming live right now.
posted by mkb (30 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
It knows if the window loses focus and waits eagerly for your return.
posted by Obscure Reference at 8:00 AM on December 4, 2011


This kicks ass.
posted by azarbayejani at 8:03 AM on December 4, 2011


No soulful vocal using the word, unfortunately.
posted by lukemeister at 8:04 AM on December 4, 2011


Frankenstein sounds appropriate.
posted by codacorolla at 8:08 AM on December 4, 2011


So, now we're back to 1997 when you needed several browsers to be installed just to surf?
posted by oddman at 8:18 AM on December 4, 2011 [13 favorites]


I have an excess of karma for picking virgin words, bro. Anyone need some?
posted by crunchland at 8:24 AM on December 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


Nice! Huzzah did well by me.
posted by meinvt at 8:46 AM on December 4, 2011


Nah, oddman, you just need Chrome. It's got pretty much everything covered except some obsolete IE proprietary stuff. Browser sound APIs are still pretty bleeding edge. It looks like he's generating the samples server-side and loading them asynchronously, then playing them via the Web Audio API. sequencer.js does most of the work.

This demo's pretty fun. I was hoping to hear more of my word, though, the connection between what I type and what I hear is quite tenuous. Even trying to game it with something like "oooooo".
posted by Nelson at 8:46 AM on December 4, 2011


My last name is CRAZY.
posted by nevercalm at 9:26 AM on December 4, 2011


Ha! Slackers.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was a "virgin word" (and a nifty beat).
posted by twidget at 9:27 AM on December 4, 2011


No soulful vocal using the word, unfortunately

That's because this isn't House is the word!
posted by Sandor Clegane at 9:57 AM on December 4, 2011 [3 favorites]


I believe this is the kind of flashing lights that give some people seizures. Would be nice if we could add a warning next to the link.
posted by Houstonian at 10:08 AM on December 4, 2011


I'm sort of annoyed by having the beat slow down whenever the window loses focus. This is probably the sort of thing I'd keep on in the background while doing other stuff while going back to it every now and again to make changes.
posted by codacorolla at 10:12 AM on December 4, 2011


I added a tag and flagged your comment so hopefully a mod will notice.
posted by mkb at 10:16 AM on December 4, 2011


I got points for suggesting a "virgin" word : tangerine.
posted by TangerineGurl at 10:21 AM on December 4, 2011


Technorati was both virgin and a pretty cool rhythm. Try it today!
posted by Nutri-Matic Drinks Synthesizer at 10:22 AM on December 4, 2011


"Super-bitch" is apparently a "virgin" word and also gives you this weird deconstructed bunch of bars.
posted by zer0render at 10:34 AM on December 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


"rollercoaster" is pretty minimal and fast paced and kind of awesome actually.

And if you turn off your lights and turn your computer screen's brightness all the way up, the light show is actually a little bit cool (cantbelieveitriedthat).
posted by Nutri-Matic Drinks Synthesizer at 10:37 AM on December 4, 2011


oddman: "So, now we're back to 1997 when you needed several browsers to be installed just to surf?"

The Web Audio API is still experimental. There is a single Google engineer working on it, and it's not in final form yet, although apparently nightly Safari builds have it too.
posted by mkb at 11:34 AM on December 4, 2011


Is ther any way to grab the output?
posted by lekvar at 12:11 PM on December 4, 2011


Strangely, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was only just sort of meh.
posted by redbeard at 12:17 PM on December 4, 2011


add lots of vowels. i'm getting good results from a cajun french vocabulary
posted by eustatic at 12:29 PM on December 4, 2011


"acid" worked out better than I expected (my expectations weren't set very high though)
posted by aubilenon at 12:38 PM on December 4, 2011


hrm, disappointing here. 'Bumflaps' was almost identical to 'diaphanous' (oh, how my mind works). Identical sounding; and identically dull. Harrumph.
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 1:21 PM on December 4, 2011


So, is there supposed to be more than just drumbeat? Because that's all I'm getting. And by drumbeat, I mean just a drum noise that's not very interesting. Like it just sounds like morse code.
posted by BurnChao at 1:41 PM on December 4, 2011


And now the virgin word "frog" gives me no sounds at all. But I do get a whole lot more colors, instead of just the blue and red from every other word.
posted by BurnChao at 1:46 PM on December 4, 2011


It seems deterministic- the same word generates the same beats- so this seems ripe for a MeFi music challenge:

"Write a song based on beat of your username."

And of course, the beat for 'cortex' is friggin' awesome. Le sigh.
posted by hincandenza at 2:02 PM on December 4, 2011


I can't believe "cock" was a virgin word.
posted by swift at 6:05 PM on December 4, 2011


Try "xenophobia"!
posted by Xoder at 9:20 AM on December 5, 2011


"Detroit" and "Juan Atkins" were both virgin words :-(
posted by balistic at 11:18 AM on December 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


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