I recently did a few experiments with The Swinger – a neat little piece of Python code which does a little analysis / time stretching / distortion on any track you feed it, to change the beat and give it a ‘swung’ rhythm. The idea was to use it during a talk I gave at DJam about the nature of swing music – as part of the talk, I played a few well-known tracks that had been fed to The Swinger – partly for comic effect, because the results can be hilarious, and partly to make the point that doing this does not, point of fact, create a swing track. Really.
I think this might have backfired somewhat, as I’ve had a lot of people ask me for one of these tracks. And truth be told, I half love it, if only because it’s so utterly ridiculous.
Just … don’t play it at any Lindy events. I mean it.