“Snake”-Style Game Remixes Music as You Play

February 24, 2014 | 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 or looping over and over. It’s frustrating but fun, and there’s something satisfying about staying on track for a few bars and hearing the verse or chorus of your chosen tune playing in full. I had a pretty good time playing with Protomartyr’s “Three Swallows.”