The Story

Modest mouse wanted to do something that had never been done, and so we came up with this first-of-its-kind Linguistic Remix Generator. This web app uses nearly 100 stems from the Modest Mouse album, “Strangers to Ourselves”, and allows fans to type in phrases (up to 96 characters) to generate custom remixes. The output is combined with effected imagery from “Strangers to Ourselves,” producing highly trippy audiovisual content that can then be saved and shared online. The underlying algorithm compares common letter frequency data and generates stems and patterns to match, while also analyzing the sentiment of the submitted text and setting each remix’s BPM accordingly.

The Challenge

Dynamic music generation. Cohesion. To go where no man has gone before.

The Tech

  • Web Audio API + Timbr.js
  • Sentiment.js
  • React.js
  • Node.js