The Academic uses Facebook Live delay to produce an incredible loop song
Anytime you go live on social media or stream a Facebook live video, you’ll notice that there’s always a little bit of delay in the feed. If you’ve ever been on a conference call, even a short delay is noticeable enough to make things slightly odd, but on platforms like Facebook Live, the delay can be multiple seconds and damn awkward.
While most people just sigh and go along with it, the band “The Academic” decided to embrace it.
Using the delayed audio and video from Facebook Live, the band managed to create a loop version of their song “Bear Claws.” It’s easier to understand if you actually get to see it in action, but to give you the TL;DR, the band first performs on a Facebook Live feed that’s then projected behind them. They manage to sync up and perform with the same delayed feed a few seconds later, and as the song progresses, it gets more and more interesting.
The band explained on Youtube “We rearranged each instrument on our single “Bear Claws” to fit Facebook Live’s delay, with each loop getting more and more complex, adding instruments, melodies, and rhythms. Additionally, by projecting the video live from the soundstage we created an infinite tunnel loop consisting of all the previously recorded loops”
This, IMO, has to be the coolest way to turn a tech flaw into beautiful music.