November 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Bohemian Rhapsichord Dissects Queen’s Hit Song into Playable Web Instrument

What if someone sliced Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” into tiny little pieces which you could sort, play with your mouse, or assign to computer keys, thereby allowing the entire song to be reconfigured at will?

Wonder no more. Bohemian Rhapsichord, created at Music Hack Day Boston this past weekend by Paul Lamere, director of developer platform for The Echo Nest (publisher of and his daughter Jennie Lamere, does exactly that.

To get the most out of Bohemian Rhapsichord, you should really read the FAQ, which explains the various ways to play each chunk, what the colors mean, and how to resort the song using various attributes of the chunks.

In our experience, one of the best ways to use it is to assign chunks to computer keys, allowing you to play the song back in a whole new way: scrambled.

As this web app’s title implies, this technique makes a sort of post-modern harpsichord out of the beloved Queen classic.

(via MusicMachinery)