Tidal Now Has Chipmunk Mode

By Holly Brockwell on at

Tidal, the music streaming service for Jay-Z's friends, has added a new feature called Track Edit that lets you mess about with songs and save the edited versions to a playlist.

Pitchfork reports that you'll be able to change both the length and speed of chosen songs, which has useful practical applications like cutting JFK speeches out of Muse tracks and speeding up Whitney Houston ballads so you can use them on the treadmill. But personally, I'm mostly excited about the opportunity to turn all artists on the platform into chipmunks, because I have too much time on my hands.

Track Edit was possibly inspired by internet legend James Nielssen aka @Cool_As_Heck, who seems to spend all his time messing with the speed of that one Smash Mouth song for our amusement. Recent viral remixes include one where it gets 15% faster every time they say "the" (plus one where every word is "someBODY" and the inevitable one where it's sung by Donald Trump). You'll also be able to use Track Edit to test Nielssen's theory that slowed-down Kanye West sounds like a whale.

Of course, you'll need a Tidal subscription first, so we'll wait for the two people who have one to try it and report back.  [Pitchfork]