Slow Chopin productivity music

When I’m writing, it’s nice to have music that won’t try to distract me. Unfortunately that rules out lyrics and sometimes even melodies. One trick I like is slowing down nice, existing music to the point where it is more of a texture than a song.

Here’s a public domain recording of Chopin’s “Anhang,” funded by the Musopen Kickstarter campaign to release free recordings of his entire oeuvre, slowed down by a factor of eight with Audacity’s paulstretch plugin.

When I went to upload it, I wanted a cool cover graphic. I took one of the only known photos of Chopin, and glitched it manually with a hex editor, entering new values, copying and pasting, and deleting things sort of at random. This was my first time glitching an image like that, and I relied heavily on tutorials from Doc Pop and Steen for how to do it. I couldn’t really get anything to work with a PNG, but once I converted to JPG I was able to get something like this.

Freddie Glitched


  1. Posted 17 May, 2015 at 23:24 | Permalink

    I really enjoyed this (and the glitch art)! Thanks :-)

  2. Posted 18 May, 2015 at 15:51 | Permalink

    Awesome music to work to! After it finished I came back and noticed the glitch art while wondering “I wonder if he was inspired to make this from our glitch tutorials?”.. then I saw the answer in the bottom of the post. Good times!

  3. Posted 18 May, 2015 at 16:12 | Permalink

    Totally missed opportunity to make a joke about “Chop’ed and Screwed” music!

    This is dope, Parker!

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