Smells like MC Hammer
March 27, 2006 12:34 PM   Subscribe

Engadget points out Sven König's Scrambled Hackz, an Ableton Live-like app that takes in sound samples, analyzes their spectrum, and builds a triggerable, interactive beatbox set upon which hilarious and remarkable performances can be built. A GPLed package will be released soon.
posted by Blazecock Pileon (23 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Is it sad I remember your debute Mr. Pileon?
posted by delmoi at 12:50 PM on March 27, 2006

You could link to the project site rather than some crappy ad farm.
posted by cillit bang at 12:52 PM on March 27, 2006

Saw this somewhere else a few weeks ago. It's pretty awesome.
posted by fungible at 12:57 PM on March 27, 2006

I literally cannot wait to play with this.

I imagine it would need some serious hardware though....
posted by Freen at 12:59 PM on March 27, 2006

That is awesome. Like really.

I noticed that he seemed to have made his version as a dedicated hardware setup... I wonder if the software version will be as zippy... (yeah, what Freen said, basically).
posted by illovich at 1:19 PM on March 27, 2006


posted by fire&wings at 1:20 PM on March 27, 2006

If he could incorporate a simple way to screw with some of the output that would be great. Linking the audio selection technique into some sort of looping program would expand the functionality alot for those of us that don't own an MPC. Of course there are alot of great programs out there that could incorporate his program into it if his license allows that.
posted by Dr No at 1:24 PM on March 27, 2006

no serious hardware needed. it looks fucking ace. I emailed him about it a while ago and he says it'll be some point in summer when it's released. don't get why you think it's like ableton, more like kantos, but for prerecorded audio. why didn't anyone think of this before?!
posted by 6am at 1:25 PM on March 27, 2006

i forsee much fun coming from this project.
posted by quin at 1:35 PM on March 27, 2006

fascinating! I want to play, too! (and I love the vid on youtube.)
posted by shoepal at 1:39 PM on March 27, 2006

What a fascinating and wonderful concept! I found the performance in the YouTube video to be a bit grating, but I suspect some more pleasant sounds could be generated. I really, really want to play with this!
posted by aladfar at 1:54 PM on March 27, 2006

I'd say the program's closer to CANTOR (which marries speech synthesis with sampled vocals) than kantos.
posted by Smart Dalek at 1:58 PM on March 27, 2006

I thought the YouTube video was the greatest product promotion video I have ever seen, especially when he directed you to his website.

More promotion videos should be shot in an udnderlit livingroom of a teutonic vinylphile who is also the host.
posted by illovich at 1:59 PM on March 27, 2006

Here, here illovich. Agreed on all points.

This is a brilliant concept, one of those simple things that makes you smack your head and wonder why you didn't think of it first. But it's all especially shocking that it works in real time -- I'd expect that analysis and matching piece to take at least a few seconds. Wow.
posted by TonyRobots at 7:04 PM on March 27, 2006

Awesome wideo! Wery cool software. And I really took a liking to Swen. He seems like a really cool guy. I loved the bit where he said 'Yes, that's basically it, and the. People. Like. It. '

The results sound kind of like John Oswald wersus Prefuse 73, which is a pretty good thing as far as I'm concerned.
posted by nylon at 7:12 PM on March 27, 2006

It's a cool concept, but the results are not very musical.
posted by kindall at 7:43 PM on March 27, 2006

Just wait for wershin 2!
posted by pmbuko at 8:23 PM on March 27, 2006

Fantastic idea, and killer presentation. Can't believe it hasn't been done already.

What I don't get it what the guy in the show is doing - he seems to be triggering loops and playing with faders, but for some reason doesn't bother with rhythm, and appears to be making largely random noises. Though the video results are fun, its was audially fairly dull. I can imagine lots of ways to make more entertaining, musical sounds. Maybe thats just the kinda noise he likes.

What could be really cool would be a single system with say 3 or 4 inputs (people beat-boxing for example, with one person on loops/mixing etc.), so that you get mutli-track music with rhythms and loops and all. Interesting things could happen with video transparencies.

Also, I'm guessing (based on the video) he uses a fairly small set of samples (perhaps to keep processing times down), but a broader selection of samples could really enhance the output.

Much, much potencial for fun. Hoping I'll be able to run it when it gets released into the wild.
posted by MetaMonkey at 8:31 PM on March 27, 2006

This reminds me a bit of that music video Michel Gondry did for the Chemical Bros.
as for live performances on this lil' puppy, I want to see Rahze--*head explodes*
posted by carsonb at 9:31 PM on March 27, 2006

The end result reminds me of "My Way" by Akufen. (Except that is much more listenable.)
posted by smackfu at 7:02 AM on March 28, 2006

Good stuff.
posted by elderling at 7:15 AM on March 28, 2006

My PC once locked up during an MP3 and made a sound a lot like what this produces..
posted by rubin at 1:34 PM on March 28, 2006

Ah, Rubin's right. That's why this seems familiar.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 7:49 PM on March 28, 2006

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