scrambled hackz

March 24th, 2006

Holy God! You’ve got to see this. Sven König has created some of the coolest music software* I’ve seen in a while. Reminds me a lot of the album “Plexure” by John Oswald, except some of Sven’s output actually sounds somewhat listenable.


* HINT: to make YouTube video watchable, click the white rectangle with a dot in it. That will remove the crudly embiggening and show the video at the original resolution it was meant to be shown in**.

** WARNING: Video may contain trace amounts of “You Can’t Touch This”.

5 Responses to “scrambled hackz”

  1. Jon Land says:

    I’ve seen this, and while it seems very cool, it seems like it could be a hoax. Is it possible to have a sound analyzed, compared to a db, then instantly display audio and video like that? I don’t know technically how he did that, but is this even realistic, more tech savvy people than I?

  2. Jon says:

    Trace amounts? It was composed *entirely* of You Can’t Touch This.

  3. Jeff says:

    1.) Every sample (sound + video) is probably loaded into ram. And there don’t seem to be a whole ton of them loaded at any one time.

    2.) The sounds only have to be “close” — imagine the sound sample is analyzed and averaged on an x/y axis with x representing amplitude/volume and y representing frequency/pitch.

    3.) Latency is an issue, but I think it’s doable; there’s probably a slight lag, but since you don’t hear the beatboxing you really have no idea how bad it is and how much the guy has just learned to compensate.


  4. Ben says:

    Awesome idea! Turntablelesss turntablism.

    I’d think the real test would be to pump “Can’t Touch This” back through the thing and see if it can be perfectly reassembled from the samples in the database.

  5. Jon Land says:

    Thank you, Jeff. I stand corrected. I now declare this really cool, and I firmly believe that I can’t touch that.