New experiment from Google lets you play 'music producer' at home

You can play music producer, basically.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the latest display of the internet's godlike powers: changing the way you (literally) see music.

Called Inside Music, it's an experiment that allows you to "step inside" a song as it plays, and manipulate each of the different layers that go into it. For instance, drums, vocals, synths, guitars, and so on.

So if you want to hear what the track sounds like with no bass guitar, no problem – just mute that part of the song, and your wish is granted.

A collaboration between Google and the music podcast Song Exploder (which breaks down how songs are composed and produced), the project was made with a new technology called Web VR.

The idea is that it'll provide music listeners some insight into how a song is put together.

This nifty video shows how the interface works:

There's just one drawback, though: there are a very limited number of songs you can play with right now (the bands that contributed to the project are Phoenix, Perfume Genius, Natalia Lafourcade, Ibeyi, Alarm Will Sound, and Clipping).

But the designers have left open the possibility that a lot more could be on the way; they've made the code open-source, "so that people who make music can create new interactive experiments."

If you're a budding music producer, you can find that code right here

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