Bohemian Rhapsichord


by Paul and Jenny Lamere


Evolver Review

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 Jenny 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) review by Eliot Van Buskirk

Publisher's Description

Bohemian Rhapsichord is a web app that turns the song Bohemian Rhapsody into a musical instrument. It uses The Echo Nest analyzer to break the song into segments of quasi-stable musical events. It then shows these as an array of colored tiles (where the colors are based on timbre) that you can interact with like a musical instrument.

[It uses the following APIs:]

  • The Echo Nest API
  • The Web Audio API
  • Raphael.js

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