03 Mar 2015

@_rap_game combines a random rap acapella with a random song from an SNES era game.

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My bot is _rap_game and its URL is:

_rap_game describes itself as:
“Whose goal is at least 13,156 Rap acapellas combines game music (Official Audio)”

I’m interested in what occurs sonically and perceptually when you overlay two songs that may or may not share musical characteristics. Regardless of song choice, there will be a moment when the tracks seem to respond to each other.

At first I thought this interest could manifest in a tool, so I made a bot that allowed you to create combinations of songs following the syntax “song1 + song2 + song3”. This tool allowed you to produce a mix just by typing words, after only a few seconds. It was exciting to try unlikely combinations. I became particularly obsessed with the song “U Guessed It” by OG Maco, combined with 8-bit tracks.

This combination work better than other combinations of songs I had tried, so I made the decision to narrow the focus of the bot. Since music from SNES era games tends to be repetitive and rhythmic, it works well in place of beats or instrumentals. The songs from the games have a childlike quality, and they lend this atmosphere to the accompanying rap acapellas. The simplicity of the game music is usually at odds with the subject matter or tone of the rap songs. Since the two randomly chosen tracks won’t have matching tempos, the discrepancies in timing between the acapella and the game music also create meaning and particularly they alter perception of the rapper’s flow.

_rap_game combines a random rap acapella with a random song from an SNES era game. I use a small corpora of 92 raps songs and 143 game songs. I plan to expand those lists. I’ve been listening to the bot’s music going to and from school. Some songs I enjoy, and will continue to listen to.

The bot’s sounds currently have 1.1k plays on SoundCloud. Someone named Manny Santacruz wrote commented “this is so trash” on “Future Feat Kanye West Won Acapella Kirby Nightmarein Dreamland Music Boss Tower”.

I don’t think _rap_game fits into one of Michael Cook’s categories if only because it produces sound and not image or text. In one way, it’s comparable to bots like @twoheadlines that combine two pieces of content.

_rap_game’s full SoundCloud archive can be found here.