NirvanA.I.: This bot wrote a Nirvana song

Funk Turkey used to scrape the Genius database of Nirvana lyrics and then set a Markov chain bot to work generating lyrics to a new "Nirvana" song. Funk Turkey made the music and sang the bot's poetry. Listen to "Smother" and spot the actual Cobain phrases! From the YouTube description:

All music/vocals performed, mixed, and mastered by me, in my kitchen, on a sparkly red cheap Stratocaster, a crappy mic, and an old copy of ProTools. All lyrics provided by Hal 9000 (AKA Guitars are the aforementioned Stratocaster bounced hard left and right. Flanged Stratocaster through a Fender twin is dead center in the mix. Bass is a no-name bass run through amp emulation. Percussion is Superior Drummer 2. I know Dave Grohl hates computer drums but it's the best thing I got, soooo.... Sorry Dave. I still love you.

Vocals are doubled, slightly compressed, and run though an emulated reel-to-reel and tube saturation for a bit of extra warmth and grit. Also the first use of my new pop filter that my wife bought me for early father's day. She's the best.

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What a guitar sounds like played through 319 pedals

Screenshot of Youtube video of Rob Scallon playing 319 guitar pedals at once

To break a world record, Rob Scallon linked together 319 pedals and played his guitar through them.

What does it sound like? A wall of whooshing, muttering, occasionally howling noise!

In the video, it's pretty interesting watching the guitar techs slowly assemble and debug the massive pedal chain. Once it's ready to go, Scallon plays a finger-tapping song using different combos of pedals, and then at the end engages them all simultaneously. The ensuing wash of sound is mostly just random noise, but coming at that point in the performance it's kind of aesthetically interesting. Read the rest

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" in a major key becomes a delightful pop punk ditty

Sleep Good turns Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" into a fine pop punk tune titled "Teen Sprite."

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Watch "Smells Like Teen Spirit" performed by 1000 people

Rockin'1000, who claim to be "the biggest rock band on Earth," performs Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in Cesena, Italy.

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