Thursday, 18 February 2016

Goblin metallers Nekrogoblikon have hacked live-streaming app Periscope to allow fans to remix a song

From 19:00 GMT (14:00 EST, 11:00 PST) on Saturday 20th February 2016, fans can log into Periscope and interact with a live stream by following @Nekrogoblikon or #GoblinMix. User comments on the live-stream will instantly move the motorised volume faders on the goblin’s mixing desk, controlling the volume for each of the eight tracks on the song. The ‘flying faders’ will move in real time in the studio, allowing fans to watch their actions have a live physical effect on the music.

Nekrogoblikon’s goblin, John Goblikon, will be joined in the mix by Nekrogoblikon vocalist, Scorpion, who will provide a live commentary on the quality of the fans’ mixing decisions.

Viewers will be mixing the Nekrogoblikon song We Need A Gimmick from the 2015 album Heavy Meta. 

Follow #GoblinMix and @Nekrogoblikon on Periscope and Twitter

#GoblinMix has been built by creative director Nick Hearne, and creative technologist David Porter from London, UK.

“In the pantheon of the greats there's Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein and now...finally, Nekrogoblikon. We'll be attempting to set the world record for mixing. For all time. Forever.” Scorpion, Nekrogoblikon

“This is a global social media first. A goblin has never previously hacked a live-streaming platform to allow music fans to mix a death metal song.” Nick Hearne, Creative Director

“Mixing can be dangerous. I mixed cool ranch and nacho cheese Doritos once and I got sick. I hope this mix doesn't make me s**t my pants.” John Goblikon, Nekrogoblikon

“Periscope is a platform in its infancy. Expect to see many more creative uses for Periscope in the future. As usual, goblins are leading the charge in technological innovation.” Nick Hearne, Creative Director

More information:
How #GoblinMix works
Periscope doesn’t currently have an API (application program interface). So a Chrome extension was written to detect chat updates on the stream. Chat messages are sent via the Chrome extension to a service running locally. These chat messages are parsed and interpreted as MIDI messages, before being sent to a Goblin Box. No one knows what happens inside the Goblin Box. The Goblin Box outputs a MIDI signal into the connected MIDI controller to change the volumes on the motorised faders. These physical changes in volume from the mixing console faders are reflected on the Pro Tools playback where they change the volumes of the tracks on the song.

Nekrogoblikon is a melodic death metal band from Goblin Island and now based in Los Angeles, California USA. The group was formed in 2006, by Tim Lyakhovetskiy and Nicky Calonne after a change meeting with Goblin John Goblikon. The band has released three full-length albums,Goblin Island, Stench and Heavy Meta and one EP, Power. The band's music centres around goblins.

Periscope is a live video streaming app for iOS and Android developed by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein in 2014. Periscope was acquired January 2015 by Twitter before the product had been publicly launched. On August 12, 2015, it was announced that Periscope had surpassed 10 million accounts, just four months after it was launched. It was noted that over 40 years of video was being watched per day.

Nick Hearne
Nick Hearne is a creative director and artist from London, UK. He previously sent a tandoori lamb-chop to space to promote the book Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla. Tested a garden gnome in zero gravity on a space training aeroplane, G-FORCE ONE™, for the global gravity investigation The Gnome Experiment. He also created the social media tool Spoiler Foiler, for Netflix, which blocked any Breaking Bad spoilers during the final season.