Google Translate is my new beatbox!

Ok so after reading this I know how all of you will be spending your afternoons.

I am in no way taking credit for this, but over at TechCrunch they have a really interesting article that lets you create various beatbox sounds for your amusement. Setting aside the Inception-esque irony of having a machine make sounds imitating a man imitating a machine, this has a lot of potential for classroom Flash mobs, as well as office dance parties! For those of you who are too lazy to click the link I am pasting the article below. Enjoy!

[Text copied from TechCrunch Article]

1) Go to Google Translate
2) Set the translator to translate German to German
3) Copy + paste the following into the translate box: pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpkzvpvzk kkkkkk bsch
4) Click “listen”
5) Be amazed 🙂

Since the original post both the thread and meme have expanded into slight tweaks and variations, including TechnocopterHelicopter and Dubstep. YCombinator user iamdave actually posted a guide to making your own beats:

zk = suspended cymbal
bschk = snare
pv = brush
bk = bass
tk = flam1
vk = roll tap
kt = flam2
kttp = flam tap
krp = hi hat tap
pv = short roll
th = better hi hat
thp, ds = instant rimshot.

While I’m not 100% sure how exactly this is working, it seems like a peculiarity of the German translation setup in Google Translate is allowing for playing consonants in a way that sounds like drums. Or, more specifically, a delightful way that sounds like drums.

[End of TechCrunch Article]


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