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03.17.14 Andy Cush

Paul Lamere — the guy behind stuff like Dogstep and this musical map of the U.S. — created Autocanonizer, a web app that turns any song into a canon. A canon, as you may recall from grade school music class, is any song that’s designed to be played against itself. Popular examples include tunes as […]

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02.26.14 Andy Cush

On the map above, which shows the most distinctive artist in each of the 50 states listening preferences according to Spotify, there are a few surprises. What makes Ciara so popular in Nevada, for instance, and why is Delaware so hot on Rush? Of course, there are satisfyingly predictable states as well, from New Jersey’s […]

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02.24.14 Andy Cush

Tokyo Tune Train, an awkwardly named new browser game from music hacker extraordinaire Paul Lamere, asks you to navigate a “Snake”-style path while listening to a song of your choice. If you stay on track, the song plays through, but as you screw up, it skips and glitches, with measures happening in the wrong order […]

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11.06.13 Andy Cush

The latest music hack from the endlessly creative Paul Lamere is “Dogstep,” a web app that takes any song and adds musically appropriate canine accompaniment. How appropriate? Listen to Dogstep’s version of “Seven Nation Army.” If you’re interested in the nuts and bolts, Lamere has a helpful blog post explaining how it’s done. Here’s an excerpt: […]

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01.04.13 Andy Cush

Echo Nest developer and all-around music-hacker extraordinaire Paul Lamere’s latest creation, entitled Boil the Frog, uses algorithms to create a smooth, gradual playlist from one artist to another, no matter the genre. That means we can finally find the six degrees of separation from Taylor Swift to Tchaikovsky, Lady Gaga to Madonna, or Nazi black […]

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