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An app that recreates a song from suitable sounds it randomly collects around you

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Dec 26, 2021
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An app that recreates a song of your choice using sounds it randomly samples from your surroundings.
When the app replaces all the repeating sounds in a song, the output could sound something like this:

Why create this?
Fun for music lovers.
How it works
  1. Your song of choice is first scanned by the app's software to identify repeating sounds.
  2. The app then listens to your surroundings for a while. Depending on how busy your surroundings are, It could take minutes to hours to collect all of the appropriate replacement sounds.
  3. The app recreates the song using the sounds it sampled from your surroundings.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw2 years ago
I also really like the idea, from the comments I gather that people are a bit worried about the sound collection, but I don't think that should be a problem. Firstly, let's say you're in an area with some banging sounds, the app would then only recreate the percussive elements of the song, it would still be recognizable and entertaining. Secondly, it shouldn't be too hard for such an app to store pre-recorded sounds, so the longer you make use of the app the bigger your library of sounds become. The app could then, if you want it to, make use of older sounds too. Everything wouldn't have to be made up of sounds in your immediate area.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
I like the idea! In my opinion, the app shouldn't take more than a few seconds to collect appropriate replacement sounds from the surrounding. If you have to switch on the app, start recording, and then wait (for whatever time, people are highly impatient when using such things), it may not get popular. The replacement need not be 100%, even a 5% of great replacement should work. I remember I used to replace the barking sound from "who let the dog's out" with those of other animals or even farts 😄 and it was hell funny. I did not disturb the remaining song.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
Shubhankar Kulkarni in that case people should run the song conversion only in noisy environments where the app has ample sounds to chose from
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 years ago
Darko Savic Shubhankar Kulkarni It's a very good idea, in my opinion, people would love such an app. But the fast collection of environmental sounds part is a bit complicated. If the app would recreate the song only in a very basic way (mostly the rhythm) then the fast collection would be enough, but since the ap would have to find all the notes for the melody, this is complicated to do from environmental sounds, so I see a few options how to solve this.
One is to collect sounds for a long enough time, depending on the complexity of the song and after the user indicated that they would like to hear a certain song recreated (just as Darko Savic suggested). Another is for an app to collect the sounds all the time and compose a database from which it could then recreate almost any song, then the song could be recreated almost instantly, upon request. In order not to stuff the phone's memory with sound samples, those could be uploaded to the cloud.
The third option is for an app to modify the collected sounds so that they would fit the song, for example, take a simple taping of the foot on the ground and change the frequency to fit various notes of the song. But with modifications the melody would sound less natural, so would perhaps be less fun to the user.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
Povilas S Agreed. May be you could ask the app for a trailer where the app only replaces one or two sounds with the environmental ones. I think one or two sounds could be doable in a minute or so? What this will also achieve is if the user has some idea about where a particular environmental sound could fit perfectly in a certain song, they would want to record and hear it then and there. For those who don't have such a clue, the app could record sounds for a long time and then give a much more remixed version later.
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