Google Translate doesn’t just offer an approximate text version of any language you want to translate—it also offers an audio file of the words you type into its service. With this in mind, some genius has figured out that the service could be repurposed as a kind of online human beatbox.
To get it to work, set both your “from” and “to” parameters to German, copy and paste the following line of gibberish into the text box, and then hit the “listen” button.
pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpkzvpvzk kkkkkk bsch
Or simply click this link to hear it in full flow. The trick was apparently first discovered by a poster on Reddit, where countless other examples of how to create some Google Translate beats are featured. How long before some of these actually feature on a recording? I give it until the end of the week.