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This weekend The Echo Nest is releasing some new remix functionality – Earworm and Capsule. Earworm lets you create a new version of a song that is any length you want. Would you like 2 minute version of Stairway to Heaven? Or a 3 hour version of Freebird? Or an Infinitely long version of Sex Machine? Earworm can do that. Here’s a 60 minute version of a little Rolling Stones ditty:
Capsule takes a list of tracks and optimizes the song transitions by reordering them and applying automatic beat matching and cross fading to give you a seamless playlist. It is really neat stuff. Here’s an example of a capsule between two Bob Marley songs:
It makes a nice little Bob Marley medley.
Jason writes about Capsule and Earworm and some other new features in remix in his new (and rather awesome) blog: Running With Data – Earworm and Capsule. Check it out.
I noticed some really neat images flowing past Jason’s computer over the last week. Whenever Jason was away from his desk, our section of the Echo Nest office would be treated to a very interesting slideshow – mostly of musicians (with an occasional NSFW image (but hey, everything is SFW here at The Echo Nest)). Since Jason is a photographer I first assumed that these were pictures that he took of friends or shows he attended – but Jason is a classical musician and the images flowing by were definitely not of classical musicians – so I was puzzled enough to ask Jason about it. Turns out, Jason did something really cool. He wrote a Python program that gets the top hotttt artists from the Echo Nest, and then collects images for all of those artists and their similars – yielding a huge collection of artist images. He then filters them to include only high res images (thumbnails don’t look great when blown up to screen saver size). He then points is Mac OS Slideshow screensaver at the image folder and voilá – a nifty music-oriented screensaver.
Jason has added his code to the pyechonest examples. So if you are interested in having a nifty screen saver, grab Pyechonest, get an Echo Nest API key if you don’t already have one and run the get_images example. Depending upon how many images you want, it may take a few hours to run. To get 100K images plan to run it over night. Once you’ve done that, point your Pictures screensaver at the image folder and you’re done.