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Syd’s Top Hacks: Google WebLab; the best Kinect music hack ever; and a dancing Cockroach

From the sublime to the ridiculous with developer Lawrence's selection of music-meets-tech creativity!

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Google/Chrome WebLab

Google have teamed up with the Science Museum in London for people to collaborate with various musical instruments in real time, over the internet (like the pictured Universal Orchestra, which lets you “make music with people across the world”).

I really love the whole digitial/physical trend we have going on. And this really shows this off.

Join the queue to play in the live band, and while you are waiting, play in a digital band instead. Genius!

 

Plucked

Now you can edit audio files straight in the browser. Using someone else’s computer? Need to edit a song and they don’t have any audio editing apps? Worry no more, you can edit the song straight in the browser with Plucked’s HTML5 Audio Editor. More details (and links) over here.

 

The V Motion Project

Could this be the best kinect / project / music hack ever? Personally, I love hardware music hacks. And the thing that tops them all off is kinect hacks. This one is by far the best I have seen so far.

If you watch one video this year, make sure this is it.

 

…a Dancing Cockroach Leg

Grim — i.e. not for the faint-hearted — and epic all at the same time. Some guys over in Buenos Airies have created what I can only describe as an amazing piece of technical wizardy.

They have hooked up a cockroach leg to a circuit board, and have managed to make the leg dance in time to Cypress Hill. Heralding the next generation of hacked cyborg insects…?

 

Bobby Womack’s The Bravest Man in the Universe mobile app

Google have created another fine example of an interactive web experience. Technically I think it is clever and innovative; however, their implementation does have a few issues.

Most notably they have purposefuly blocked you from accessing it from your desktop browser. “Why?” you ask. Great question, and in all honesty I have no idea. Technically everything you can view from your mobile or a tablet you can also view from a desktop browser.

Personally, I think it is a real shame they have put in this blocker. The web as a platform is all about accessibility.

I have to admit I see little difference between a native app limited to a select few platforms and a web experience limited to a select few platforms.

Photo & more info via The Guardian

 

Syd Lawrence is a music-specialised developer, and notably took part in midem’s 2012 Music Hack Day. Read all his monthly “top hacks” posts on midemblog here. Find out more about his work via his agency’s site, wemakeawesomesh.it

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