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February 27, 2009 6:58 PM   Subscribe

QWERTY rock.

Click the screen with your mouse to activate the keyboard.
posted by dhammond (25 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by dhammond at 7:00 PM on February 27, 2009


Neat, but when it comes to typewriter jams, my heart still belongs to Eno (Fripp and Mavis Beacon trade riffs starting at 1:46).
posted by maudlin at 7:07 PM on February 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


I think this is rather neat; it should keep me occupied for 20 minutes or so.

Looking at the via link, I immediately recognized the name Gavin Purcell, but a quick search reveals he's mostly known for working on Attack of the Show, which I've never seen, and is a co-producer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which doesn't start until Monday. Does anyone know if there's another reason his name might have been so familiar to me?
posted by chudmonkey at 7:21 PM on February 27, 2009


This was better than I thought it would be. Is it just me or is there a sample of George Michael (Wham!era) on there?
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 7:23 PM on February 27, 2009


Has anyone created sheet music for this? This would have been so much more fun than "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing."
posted by ocherdraco at 7:26 PM on February 27, 2009


Is it just me or is there a sample of George Michael (Wham!era) on there?

Are you referring to the letter 'M'? I think 'V' is Freddie Mercury, maybe a "Body Language" sample?
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 7:29 PM on February 27, 2009


Og say: "Me like."
posted by Faze at 7:29 PM on February 27, 2009


Just press both hands down on your keyboard and leave them there. Do that for two hours.
posted by NoMich at 7:41 PM on February 27, 2009


This is rock and roll.
posted by rxrfrx at 8:03 PM on February 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you click on the head at the top, you get a few seconds of the James Brown "Funky Drummer" loop, possibly the most sampled beat of all time. If it sounds familiar, you might recognize it from every song ever made.

(Great, now I'm gonna spend the rest of the night mumbling "I'm rated R, this is a warning, ya better void, poets are paranoid, DJs destroyed"...)
posted by Ian A.T. at 8:16 PM on February 27, 2009


Damn, Damn, Damn. My name ROCKS.
posted by iamkimiam at 8:25 PM on February 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


surgeon genral sez: this internet contains your maximum daily supply of AW-summ!
posted by sexyrobot at 8:29 PM on February 27, 2009


Nice enough, but it doesn't hold a candle to the mighty dubselector (that's #8 in the link - there are many more to try!).
posted by googly at 8:35 PM on February 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


this kind of works like the jotto mixulator, (made sometime arounds 2002 or so at first), but that has cooler animation.
posted by localhuman at 8:48 PM on February 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh, man. From now on, whenever pb solves a bug in typically awesome fashion, I am going to hear the sound this thing makes when you type in his username.
posted by Rhaomi at 9:03 PM on February 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


Wham!era

Definition: a device that George Michael uses to take photographs.
posted by middleclasstool at 9:29 PM on February 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


I can only get sounds when I click with my mouse. Does this respond to keyboard presses under normal circumstances? Is Safari being stupid again?
posted by lekvar at 9:50 PM on February 27, 2009


Yeah, it ought to be working w/ keyboard. Running on my system, though, it is nowhere near responsive enough to do anything of rhythmic interest.
posted by damehex at 9:59 PM on February 27, 2009


Pianographique
posted by hortense at 11:07 PM on February 27, 2009 [3 favorites]


If you click on the head at the top, you get a few seconds of the James Brown "Funky Drummer" loop,

And if you tab into the head at the top so that it's highlighted, you can simply press the space bar over and over to keep the loop going.
posted by phaedon at 1:24 AM on February 28, 2009


I know I am late to this party, but that drum break is NOT funky drummer as was mentioned earlier in the thread

While Funky Drummer is sampled like crazy, and Eric B. and Rakim DO use it on Lyrics of Fury (which you quoted), the drum break the plays when you press the head button is from the Soul Searchers song Ashley's Roachclip

Also - if you hold down some buttons, you can see these weird images that pop up. One of them, I think, might have been a daft punk robot head.
posted by orville sash at 7:20 AM on February 28, 2009


Are these daft punk samples? A few remind me of robot rock.
posted by ALB209 at 7:26 AM on February 28, 2009


While Funky Drummer is sampled like crazy, and Eric B. and Rakim DO use it on Lyrics of Fury (which you quoted), the drum break the plays when you press the head button is from the Soul Searchers song Ashley's Roachclip

So now, you can spend the rest of the night mumbling "Me and Eric B and a nice big plate of fish, which is my favorite dish, but without no money it's still a wish" instead.

I think the click-the-head loop is actually sampled directly from "Paid in Full" (which originally sampled it from Ashley's Roachclip, of course), it certainly sounds identical.
posted by DecemberBoy at 7:51 AM on February 28, 2009


Neat. I not only made Kanye's next new hit song, but the ugly ass video to go with it.
posted by Ufez Jones at 9:56 AM on February 28, 2009 [1 favorite]


Anyway to reduce the lag between key input and sound output?
posted by saxamo at 6:03 PM on February 28, 2009


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