September 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Zom-Beat Defense Game Syncs Zombies to Music

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Zombies sure are a persistent bunch, if we can trust their Hollywood and videogame depictions, but one thing they consistently lack is rhythm (Michael Jackson’s Thriller pals excepted, of course).

Zom-Beat Defense, a music-based arcade-style game, promises to grant zombies at least a modicum of rhythm as they creep numbly towards your on-screen character.

“Every time a beat fires, you’ll see a flash on the screen, and that corresponds with enemies being spawned,” explained Ben Lee, who developed the app with Linmiao Xu at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon. “And once there’s a transition in the song, they wake up. Of course, as the song progresses, things get a lot harder, and you get power-ups just like any other zombie defense game.” (The app knows when the beats and transitions are happening by analyzing audio with tools from The Echo Nest, publisher of

In the demonstration, things didn’t run totally smoothly, but the premise behind Zom-Beat Defense is sound, so to speak.

Read about all of the music hacks from the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon.