A genius hacker has built a website that adds Led Zeppelin
drummer John Bonham
to any song that you like.
analyses songs for their tempo and energy levels, then adds Bonham's signature room-smashing beats over the top, and can even react to different parts of the song.
It was developed by Paul Lamere
at Music Hack Day in San Fransisco, where computer programmers get together and experiment with building music apps and websites, often with amusing or cutting-edge results.
How does it work? Simply pick a song (a range of songs from artists like Adele
are on the site though you can upload your own), then pick one of four classic Bonham drum styles. Hit play, and voila - the Zeppelin drummer starts to smash his kit along to the song.
Lamere found the raw Bonham drum tracks on the "In Through The Out Door
" recording sessions. "Not only do you get the sound of Bonham pounding the crap out of the drums, you can hear him grunting and groaning... This particular recording would become the 'Hammer of the Gods' in the Bonhamizer
," said Lamere in a blog post explaining how the Bonhamizer app works
His Bonham hack has been a huge hit worldwide. In its first three days, over 100,000 songs had been Bonhamized.
Lamere only has one regret: "I really should have called it the Autobonhamator. But it is too late now... sigh.
This isn't the first time a Music Hack Day event has impressed us at UG towers. In November we went to the London edition of Music Hack Day
, and wrote about hacks that broke down any song into three simple chords or turned one voice into a full barbershop quartet.