The Wub Machine, Revisited

The Wub Machine was a great little auto-remixer project - some audio hackery in Python to make a neat script. Unfortunately, I can probably count on one hand the number of people who actually downloaded the script and tried it on their own songs. So, I decided to make it into a web app. (try it out !)

Oh, Paul Gilbert...

I opened up my trusty Photoshop, cranked out some multicoloured waves and set “The Wub Machine” in beautiful Proxima Nova. Then I set about the immense task of actually implementing the remixer on the web.

I’d go into the technical impressiveness of the system, and how it’s brilliant and took me months to come up with… but it’s really not. It’s one big hack.

I ended up using:

I did have to make a couple changes to the original algorithm, though:

Since my blog post about the initial hack, it’s taken me 3 weeks to assemble this web front end. That said, there’s probably still tons of bugs - it only accepts MP3s at the moment, and it’s probably somewhat unstable. If I push it too hard, or post it to Reddit or Hacker News, my shiny new Linode will probably spontaneously combust. Be gentle!

Go try out the Wub Machine, share your tracks on SoundCloud, and enjoy!


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