Month January 2015

Reverse Game

Reverse Game

Based on a game my friends and I play, here’s the Reverse Game ($1). Load in a folder of songs you want to use, and when everybody’s ready, hit “GO!” The song gets played backwards – challenge your friends to name the song and/or the artist before the song ends (at which point it plays it normally, so you can hear what you missed).

And just in case that’s not hard or fun enough for you, instead of playing it in reverse, you can also choose to play it 4x faster or 4x slower. Or, for extra challenge, have the game randomly choose between the speeds.

To make it more interesting, rename the song files to something that hides what songs they are, so that even you don’t know what song is playing!

It’s a lot of fun, and much harder than you’d think. Buy it now for only $1.

To play:

  • Download and install Max/MSP (it’ll tell you to buy a license, but you don’t have to)
  • Buy the Reverse Game patch, download and open the file
  • Make a folder of music files (no subfolders), and drag the folder onto the marked area in the game
  • Hit GO!

A Beautiful Song Played Beautifully

Back in my formative music tech years, I started playing with MIDI files through a program called Guitar Pro (which still exists!), which was very simple back in those days, and I was still clueless. It came with a bunch of example songs, many by a French guitarist named Michel Dalle Ave. This was my favorite song back then – I wish the recording quality was better, but the performance is fantastic.

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