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Monthly Archives: September 2000

Automatic Tobin

Name: Supermodifier Ӣ Rating: Cool Ӣ Format: Online Software Ӣ Play

One of Ninja Tune’s finest turns your keyboard into a sequencer. The British label Ninja Tune continues to mine the elegant load time and cross-platform ease of Flash programming. As with the DJ Vadim audio-game, this one lets you trigger a host of samples. The implementation here isn’t as smooth (initial instructions fly by too fast, and one senses there are more options than present themselves), but the sounds themselves are superb: Tobin has cut up some great, murky funk. And it’s up to you to put it together. (Thanks to Wendy K from Ninja for the link; entry updated June 30, 2002.)

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Sonic Concentration

Name: hub100.com Ӣ Rating: Cool Ӣ Format: Online Software Ӣ Play

Sonic concentration. In advance of a proper launch, this record-label and music-production site put up a simple game: click on one of the black squares from a grid of 18, hear a sound, then go in search of the sound’s clone. If you hit a pair of matching sounds in a row, both squares get colored in. A downtempo groove in the background keeps pace, and elevates the entire distraction to the level of “song.” And if you’re looking to mess with your speakers, call up multiple copies in different browser windows. Now that the site has been launched, the audio-game is listed under a link to the “sound puzzle.” (Entry updated June 30, 2002.)

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Virtual Turntable Duo

Name: turntables.de Ӣ Rating: Cool Ӣ Format: Online Software Ӣ Play

Two virtual turntablists. A pair of online scratching games put the Flash in Grandmaster Flash. Both feature Technics 1200-style decks, multiple records to choose from, as well as vocal samples. An “old school version,” in release 3.0 of the Flash programming language, offers three levels of play, ranging from pre-set tracks to the ability to select between various 12″s. The “new school version” (in Flash 4.0) has a more cartoony interface, a lively crowd, an oafish MC and more treats.

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