Al Gore might have invented the internet decades ago, or so he says, yet we still find our minds being blown on a daily basis by some of the inventive ways users continue to harness the power of the web. Today’s example? The Bonhamizer – a way to add the powerful drumming of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham to any track you throw at it.
[Photo by Dina Regine]
The web app was created this past weekend at Music Hack Day San Francisco 2013 by Paul Lamere. According to the site, it works by “cutting songs up into beats and tatums, and aligning the beats to John Bonham Drum patterns.” If you go to “Pick A Song,” you’ll see a list of Lamere’s favorite Bonhamizer tracks thus far such as The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood, Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, Intro by The xx and The Postal Service’s Such Great Heights.
Users can toggle between four different Bonham beats: “hammer of the gods,” “Basic Bonham,” “double time shuffle” and “Bonham shuffle.” Some work better than others and we suggest keeping your browser open to The Bonhamizer as when we tried browsing in other tabs while listening, the track skipped. So head over to The Bonhamizer, throw a track or 12 at it and let us know which tunes work particularly well.