There’s so much happening in the world of sound and music. Overlayed on top is the concept of Intellectual Property and Copyright.

The video below depicts a man demonstrating software that appears to parse what he’s saying fast enough to reassemble the same words by pulling and reordering bits from a recorded Michael Jackson interview. The result: Jackson appears to speak the same sentence right back to him!

This was originally published in a Wired Article and interview.

Scrambled Hackz (or “sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ!”) was written by Sven König whose interest is mainly conceptual media art.

König says Scrambled Hackz was designed specifically to infringe copyright. But it has substantial non-infringing uses, so it passes the main litmus test for whether a piece of software is legal. Users could record audio or video of themselves and use the program to pull together samples of various past performances into a real-time performance. For instance, I could take every bass line I’ve ever recorded and create new ones out of them merely by humming a few bars. An established artist could perform a single song in a live setting that encompassed his or her entire recorded audio and video catalog. People might load their entire media collections into Scrambled Hackz and play around with them in their homes, in art galleries or on a stage, using only their vocal cords or any instrument.


Source: Wired