“What if you could reconstruct source audio from a selection of other MP3s/audio on your computer?”
Aphex Twin has released a free, open-source “custom sample mashing” software called Samplebrain with Dave Griffiths.
What you need to know:
- Aphex Twin has released a free, open-source “custom sample mashing” software called Samplebrain.
- It chops samples up into a ‘brain’ of interconnected small sections called blocks and produces a target sample.
- There are a range of tweakable parameters.
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How it works is it chops samples up into a ‘brain’ of interconnected small sections called blocks which are connected into a network by similarity.
It processes a target sample, chopping it up into blocks in the same way, and tries to match each block with one in its brain to play in realtime.
“This allows you to interpret a sound with a different one,” Aphex Twin said. “As we worked on it (during 2015 and 2016) we gradually added more and more tweakable parameters until it became slightly out of control.”
Chatting about the development of Samplebrain, Aphex Twin posed a range of scenarios in which the software can handle.
“What if you could reconstruct source audio from a selection of other MP3s/audio on your computer? What if you could build a 303 riff from only a cappellas or bubbling mud sounds? What if you could sing a silly tune and rebuild it from classical music files?
“You can do this with Samplebrain.
“We soon realised after Dave had started to get things going that with a few cheaty sliders you could actually re-make anything from just one source file, so the options are all there to play with.
“Since funding this project, I seemed to have found very little time to explore it properly and the time has now come to let you lot have a fiddle with it too.”
Head to Gitlab to download.