November 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

Turn Any Song into a Canine Chorus with DogStep

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MALMÖ, SWEDEN – The internets are rife with keyboard cats and “I love you” dogs, but they’re one-trick ponies. Keyboard cat only knows one song, and talking dogs have a pretty limited vocabulary.

DogStep brings a new variety to the singing animals genre. Simply upload any MP3, and DogStep adds the sound of dogs barking in a way that makes musical sense. The web app also includes plenty of pre-uploaded songs — of particular note are “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by Daft Punk and “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes.

Created at Music Hack Day Malmö by international music hacker Paul Lamere, director of developer community for The Echo Nest (publisher of Evolver.fm), DogStep promises to allow people everywhere to fulfill their dreams of listening to dogs woof musically along with their favorite song.

The musical dog woofs come from Freesound.org, while DogStep’s cute slideshows come from Flickr — but the concept is purely “Music Hack Day.” While DogStep is unlikely to break out as the next commercially successful music app, it’s an enjoyable slice of whimsy that should appeal to internet people and dog lovers alike.