Make a Mustache Out of a Tune For Charity

Posted November 7

Music and mustaches: They go together like a heart and a soul (see: Man Man’s ‘stache, Freddie Mercury’s facial adornment, Local Natives’ trim team, etc, etc). Well, this Movember you can create a mustache out of music.

Mustachiness is a hack born this past weekend during Music Hack Day in Boston. The service uses Last.fm’s API to search for songs, and the Echo Nest’s API for audio analysis. Simply search for a song and artist, and the site spits out a ‘stache created from a tune’s waveform. According to the site’s About page, mustache shape is determined thusly:

Curviness – Curves occur when high loudness deltas are detected
Thickness – Mean loudness
Divot – (aka gap in the middle) hotness of the song
Direction – Up = higher energy; Down = lower energy
Curl – Dancability * energy
Color – Energy of the song. Lower energy is darker

One of the hack’s creators, Marshall Jones, founder and creative director at Exfm, says his team wanted their hack to have a tie to Movember,a yearly mustache-growing initiative designed to raise awareness for men’s health. Jones and co-creator Lucas Hrabovsky also integrated merch-designing site Zazzle’s API so that users can purchase shirts, mugs, etc adorned with musical ‘staches — the proceeds from which will all go to Movember. (The service is a hack created over 24 hours, so it might not be in perfect working order.)

“I didn’t have any plans to participate with my own personal mustache,” says Jones, “But I thought that we could use waveform images and make them into a mustache.”

What do you think of Mustachiness? Would you wear a T emblazoned with waveform-spun fur?

By Brenna Ehrlich