Back in the day, music and audio magazines used to carry ads in their classified sections for gizmos that promised to remove vocals from recordings so you could add your own voice. They didn’t work as advertised, of course, because they were essential crude equalizers that tried to zero out the frequencies tied to vocals.
How far we’ve come. There’s a growing trend involving stems, individual tracks from a song that can be used to remix the song in different ways. Some call this “demixing” as fans break apart fully-finished songs into constituent parts.
Audioshake is one of several demixing programs out there. All you have to do is upload a music file, select whatever stems you want, and let the program do the rest.
There are issues with this, of course. You can’t just tear apart someone’s copyright material. Audioshake is currently working with artists who are keen on allowing fans to play with their music as a way to further monetize what they do.
Watch for demixing to become a bigger and bigger deal in the year ahead, especially if artists can figure out a way to make some cash for this.