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Funky Drum Machine
May 5, 2012 12:20 AM   Subscribe

Rob Stenson plays clawhammer banjo. Jack Stratton plays a number of instruments. Together, they've built Funklet, a site where classic beats are transcribed and presented in a javascript drum machine (which only works in Chrome at the moment) for you to play with. Each page also has full audio of the beat in its native habitat.

Bonus grooves: Stratton's band Vulfpeck with It Gets Funkier and Beastly

I'd post more of Stenson's amazing banjo playing, which is how I came across this in the first place, but as far as I can tell that's one of the only recordings he's posted.
posted by hades (18 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite

 
That is some swell banjoing. I do hope more recordings of him turn up.
posted by startled at 12:52 AM on May 5, 2012


Don't miss this subversive explosion.
posted by lee at 2:32 AM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow, love Stenson's version of Soldier's Joy. Great feel, some of the most relaxedly fluid banjo playing I've heard in some time. Thanks!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:34 AM on May 5, 2012


~That~ is how you play banjo. Set up your groove and just flail about in it effortlessly. Terrific.
posted by mhjb at 3:57 AM on May 5, 2012


Funklet only works in Chrome at the moment, apparently.
posted by curious nu at 7:14 AM on May 5, 2012


Funklet only works in Chrome at the moment, apparently.

Yup. Just like it says on the tin.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:30 AM on May 5, 2012


Pff. Reading comprehension.

(I don't know how I missed that twice. I'm going to go with "entranced by banjos")
posted by curious nu at 8:02 AM on May 5, 2012


The Funklet site is pretty great - very intuitive interface. A lot of care went into transcribing and programming those beats.
posted by googly at 9:33 AM on May 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, it looks nice anyway.
posted by rhizome at 11:15 AM on May 5, 2012


I love that look that musicians, and it seems most often drummers get where they're apparently astounded and somewhat enraged that that groove is coming out of them.
posted by cmoj at 12:24 PM on May 5, 2012


Then, cmoj, you might also enjoy Cars Too, where they have strapped a helmet-mounted camera to their guitarist, pointing back at his face.
posted by hades at 4:50 PM on May 5, 2012


It doesn't seem to do anything in my Chrome, but complain that it only works in Chrome. (And it's not my plugins; incognito mode doesn't help.)
posted by acb at 4:52 PM on May 5, 2012


I've spent the whole day coming back to the Vulfpeck/DJparradiddle vids and holy fucking shit Jack Stratton is a lunatic genius.
posted by greasy_skillet at 4:52 PM on May 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah, i saw that. I don't mean stinkface, though. The drummer gets it at various points in "It Gets Funkier."
posted by cmoj at 5:50 PM on May 5, 2012


It's fine in Chrome 18. Needs MIDI export though.
posted by anigbrowl at 7:42 PM on May 5, 2012


Hm. I wonder if it works on Chrome/Linux. I only tried it in OSX and Windows.
posted by hades at 7:57 PM on May 5, 2012


I like this a lot. The beats are fun to play with, and I've never found music software so easy to work with.
posted by BurnChao at 11:38 PM on May 5, 2012


Inspired by his banjo playing, I got stuck in to the Assez Crocante kickstarter here.

Unfortunately it has a little under a day to go, and is only just above their halfway point...
posted by fizban at 10:27 AM on June 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


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