Stego for Skrillex: hiding data in dubstep drops


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/17/dubstep-data.html


#2

The obvious downside

Then there’s that little issue…


#3

Something something Snow Crash


#4

This reminded me of images being put into music.


#5

Maybe DJs could encode messages into their mixes that could be interpreted and acted upon by the dancers’ wearables?

Until everybody gets tired of dubstep.


#6

You might even be able to hide music inside it.


#7

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#9

My partner’s friend kinda does this in reverse, data sonification.

http://www.wesleygoatley.com/


#10

We have discovered the perfect communications medium for Burning Man. Forget WiFi - it always gets overwhelmed and becomes useless. But if there’s any resource with unlimited supply on-playa, dubStep is it.


#11

Beat me to it. :slightly_smiling_face:


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The reason why this image technique and the dubstep technique described work so well in electronica is: they don’t sound very good by themselves. Weird tones, buzzes, and pops are typical with spectrum/spectragraph embedding. Dubstep drops are chock full of these sounds, so they are effectively concealed.

But even something as simple as Morse Code can be embedded fairly densely in music, almost impossible to hear, but popping up clearly on a spectragraph. If you make electronic music, it is a simple opportunity to watermark your work and prevent plagiarism.


#13

It’s easy to detect, sure, but is it still easy to detect when it’s hidden innocuously among the thousands of Youtube videos uploaded per minute? What if it’s hidden in minute 382 of something like this?


#14

I fucking love hardbass.


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