Paulstretch has kind of a funky user interface, but the way it sounds, and the sound variations it is capable of are fantastic. And it’s free. It also can take a 3 minute song and turn it into a week-long ambient drone. The dude who wrote it (Nasca Octavian Paul) shows up on the web every 5 years ago and drops a piece of interesting software, then disappears again. He’s never returned my e-mails, and I’ve maintained the OS X port!
Anyway, this is Paulstretch operating on “Mal Hombre” by the legendary Lydia Mendoza
[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/LydiaMendoza-MalHombre-PaulStretched.mp3|titles=Mal Hombre (PaulStretched)|artists=Lydia Mendoza]
The original. I should mention that Lydia Mendoza is absolutely fantastic. A pioneer of Norteño music, the popular music of Mexican-Americans in the United States, she plays that music kind of like what’s playing in Mexican Restaurants, only she’s as fearless a singer as Aretha Franklin. She can bring me to tears, and I don’t even know Spanish.
[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/LydiaMendoza-MalHombre.mp3|titles=Mal Hombre|artists=Lydia Mendoza]