Extra Future 2010 Retrospective: Kreskin

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I made a bunch of weird stuff in 2010, and I’m going to spend the new few days or weeks telling you about them with short posts about each one. Up first is Kreskin, a project it took about 12 hours to spit out and another 12 to make usable.

Kreskin (Cat. No. EF-027)

Kreskin plays the Wikipedia Band Name Game for you, rolling up a band name, album title, and cover art, and showing it to you. Every album it generates is persistent, meaning you can pass it around to your friends. It’s really fun, and I find once you generate one, you tend to stick around for at least a few more. Recent favorites include: GAMA ENERGY, INC. – in his own, and Brain Sponge – more of it.

Kreskin was featured on Buzzfeed which got it a pretty good amount of traffic which, sadly, didn’t last. There is a track listing for each album, but it is experimental and generally not super good. To date Kreskin date has created 6,867 albums by request. It is available, day or night, via the URL http://kreskin.extrafuture.com.

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