What started as an early-aughts gimmick led by 2manydjs has since morphed into a full-blown pop-culture phenomenon with party animals like Girl Talk disseminating their name-that-sample form of music far and wide. For multilayered tracks where the original samples become indistinguishable, Web Technologist Cameron Adams developed the Anatomy of a Mashup, breaking down his own creation “Definitive Daft Punk” as an example to “reveal its entire structure: the cutting, layering, levels, and equalization of 23 different songs.”
The online visualization tool breaks down and analyzes the complicated construction, demonstrating how individual sounds work together to form the whole in a diagram of rainbow-colored concentric rings. The beautiful animation lends a unique understanding of the intricacies of the particular mashup, joining the audio and visual for experiences not unlike “little slices of synchronous art, designed to please all of your senses.”
To make that direct connection between what unfolds on the screen with the art of the mashup, Adams built the site using the latest HTML5 and CSS3 technology so that the browser renders the song as it plays and evolves for a visual that performs in real-time.


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Bohemian Rhapsichord is a web app that turns the song Bohemian Rhapsody into a musical instrument. It uses TheEcho Nest analyzer to break the song into segments of quasi-stable musical events. It then shows these as an array of colored tiles (where the colors are based on timbre) that you can interact with like a musical instrument.
If you click on a tile, you play that portion of the song (or hold down shift or control and play tiles just by mousing over them). You can bind different segments to keys letting you play the ‘instrument’ with your keyboard too (See the FAQ for all the details). You can re-sort the tiles based on a few criteria (sequential order, by loudness, duration or by similarity to the last played note). It is a fun way to make music based on one of the best songs in the world. The app makes use of the very new (and not always the most stable) web audio API. Currently, the only browser that I know that supports the web audio API is Chrome.


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Customize your own Barbra streisand song.

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This WebGL interactive music experience is a wholly immersive journey, inspired by Goulding’s single Lights at once enriching the experience of the song and offering up a stunning visual interpretation. A techno-celestial light show allows viewers to soar through the music, cutting their way through the virtual environment with their mouse as their guide. Additional functionality includes the ability to speed up the experience with the click of one’s mouse, as well as real-time Twitter comments about Lights integrated into the visuals. The real-time Tweets are powered by Echo’s powerful StreamServer platform. The platform allowed the design team to quickly collect, store and serve the live data at the massive scale that’s expected with very little engineering effort.


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The latest interactive video for Japanese band Sour reflects two big trends from this year: multiple pop-up windows and music videos that pull in the user’s personal data
Last year, Sour scored a big hit with their Hibi No Niero video which used fans’ webcam footage to charming effect. The new video, for track Mirror, echoes Arcade Fire’s The Wilderness Downtown in that it takes the user’s personal details (in this case Facebook, Webcam and Twitter) in order to create a personalised, multi-window experience.
Go to the site and you are asked to input your log-in details to Facebook, webcam and Twitter.


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