Audiosmusher is a free little app for Mac OS X that uses randomness to inspire new ideas. In the same way that writers sometimes use random sentence generators to inspire them to write, Audiosmusher does the same with random chunks of audio.
It's a tool I've wanted for ages that I made as a way to teach myself Objective-C and Cocoa.
Give Audiosmusher a folder containing MP3 files, click start, and it will start playing random 10 second chunks from those MP3 files mixing two tracks together at the same time for added weirdness.
You can also set the number of seconds to play and whether you want to play one or two tracks at the same time.
Point Audiosmusher towards a folder containing a varied mix of music and you'll be surprised how interesting some of the results are. Sure, some of them sound awful, but there should also be enough that's interesting to inspire you.
It works especially well if you mix together fast and slow stuff. I've had some interesting results with a folder containing Radiohead, Aphex Twin, Orbital, Boards of Canada and Philip Glass.
Another thing to try might be smushing lots of drum loops and/or chord progressions of different speeds and recording the results using something like Audio Hijack Pro for sampling later.
Point Audiosmusher towards a folder containing spoken word recordings, podcasts, or interviews. Set it to play only one track and use the strange juxtapositions of ideas that results for inspiration.
Audiosmusher 0.2 (.dmg)
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0.2 - First stable release.
0.1 - Initial prototype version.