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I recently gave a talk on Data Mining Music at SXSW. It was a standing room only session, with an enthusiastic audience that asked great questions. It was a really fun time for me. I’ve posted the slides to Slideshare, but be warned that there are no speaker notes so it may not always be clear what any particular slide is about. There was lots of music in the talk, but unfortunately, it is not in the Slideshare PDF. The links below should flesh out most of the details and have some audio examples.
- Have artist names been getting longer?
- The Passion Index - Find the bands that have the most passionate fans
- Six Degrees of Black Sabbath - Using artist relationship data to build a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon for Music
- Frog-based playlisting - Building advanced playlists by finding paths through the artist space
- The Click Track Detector - Finding drummers that use a click track
- Looking for the Slow Build - Finding songs that have a gradual build
- Bohemian Rhapsichord - Turning a popular song into a musical instrument, with data.
- Midem Music Machine - Making a beautiful visualization of music
- The Swinger - Making any song swing
Thanks to everyone who attended.
If you happen to be in Austin this week for SXSW consider attending my talk called Data Mining Music. It is all about the fun things you can discover about music when you have data about millions of songs and artists.
The talk is on Sunday, Marcy 11 at 5:00PM in the Rio Grande room of the Hilton Garden Inn. All the details are here: Data Mining Music
Yesterday, SXSW opened up the 2012 Panel Picker allowing you to vote up (or down) your favorite panels. The SXSW organizers will use the voting info to help whittle the nearly 3,600 proposals down to 500. I took a tour through the list of music related panel proposals and selected a few that I think are worth voting for. Talks in green are on my “can’t miss this talk” list. Note that I work with or have collaborated with many of the speakers on my list, so my list can not be construed as objective in any way.
There are many recurring themes. Turnatable.fm is everywhere. Everyone wants to talk about the role of the curator in this new world of algorithmic music recommendations. And Spotify is not to be found anywhere!
I’ve broken my list down into a few categories:
Social Music – there must be a twenty panels related to social music. (Eleven(!) have something to do with Turntable.fm) My favorites are:
- Social Music Strategies: Viral & the Power of Free – with folks from MOG, Turntable, Sirius XM, Facebook and Fred Wilson. I’m not a big fan of big panels (by the time you get done with the introductions, it is time for Q&A), but this panel seems stacked with people with an interesting perspective on the social music scene. I’m particularly interested in hearing the different perspectives from Turntable vs. Sirius XM.
- Can Social Music Save the Music Industry? – Rdio, Turntable, Gartner, Rootmusic, Songkick – Another good lineup of speakers (Turntable.fm is everywhere at SXSW this year) exploring social music. Curiously, there’s no Spotify here (or as far as I can tell on any talks at SXSW).
- Turntable.fm the Future of Music is Social - Turntable.fm – This is the turntable.fm story.
- Reinventing Tribal Music in the land of Earbuds - AT&T – this talk explores how music consumption changes with new social services and the technical/sociological issues that arise when people are once again free to choose and listen to music together.
Man vs. Machine – what is the role of the human curator in this age of algorithmic recommendation and music. Curiously, there are at least 5 panel proposals on this topic.
- Music Discovery:Man Vs. Machine – MOG, KCRW, Turntable.fm, Heather Browne
- Music/Radio Content: Tastemakers vs. Automation – Slacker
- Editor vs. Algorithm in the Music Discovery Space – SPIN, Hype Machine, Echo Nest, 7Digital
- Curation in the age of mechanical recommendations – Matt Ogle / Echo Nest – This is my pick for the Man vs. Machine talk. Matt is *the* man when it comes to understanding what is going on in the world of music listening experience.
- Crowding out the Experts – Social Taste Formation – Last.fm, Via, Rolling Stone - Is social media reducing the importance of reviewers and traditional cultural gatekeepers? Are Yelp, Twitter, Last.fm and other platforms creating a new class of tastemakers?
Music Discovery – A half dozen panels on music recommendation and discovery. Favs include:
- YouKnowYouWantIt: Recommendation Engines that Rock - Netflix, Pandora, Match.com – this panel is filled with recommendation rock stars
- The Dark Art of Digital Music Recommendations - Rovi – Michael Papish of Rovi promises to dive under the hood of music recommendation.
- No Points for Style: Genre vs. Music Networks – SceneMachine – Any talk proposal with statements like “Genre uses a 19th-century tool — a Darwinian tree — to solve a 21st-century problem. And unlike evolutionary science, it’s subjective. By the time a genre branch has been labeled (viz. “grunge”), the scene it describes is as dead as Australopithecus.” is worth checking out.
Mobile Music – Is that a million songs in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?
- Music Everywhere: Are we there yet? – Soundcloud, Songkick, Jawbone – Have we arrived at the proverbial celestial jukebox? What are the challenges?
Big Data – exploring big data sets to learn about music
- Data Mining Music - Paul Lamere – Shameless self promotion. What can we learn if we have really deep data about millions of songs?
- The Wisdom of Thieves: Meaning in P2P Behavior - Ben Fields – Don’t miss Ben’s talk about what we can learn about music (and other media) from mining P2P behavior. This talk is on my must see list.
- Big data for Everyman: Help liberate the data serf - Splunk – webifying and exploiting big data
Echo Nesty panels – proposals from folks from the nest. Of course, I recommend all of these fine talks.
- Active Listening – Tristan Jehan - Tristan takes a look at how the music experience is changing now that the listener can take much more active control of the listening experience. There’s no one who understands music analysis and understanding better than Tristan.
- Data Mining Music - Paul Lamere – This is my awesome talk about extracting info from big data sets like the Million Song Dataset. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I’ll be looking at things like click track detectors, passion indexes, loudness wars and son on.
- What’s a music fan worth? – Jim Lucchese - Echo Nest CEO takes a look at the economics of music, from iOS apps to musicians. Jim knows this stuff better than anyone.
- Music Apps Gone Wild – Eliot Van Buskirk – Eliot takes a tour of the most advanced, wackiest music apps that exist — or are on their way to existing.
- Curation in the age of mechanical recommendations – Matt Ogle – Matt is a phenomenal speaker and thinker in the music space. His take on the role of the curator in this world of algorithms is at the top of my SXSW panel list.
- Editor vs. Algorithm in the Music Discovery Space - SPIN, Hype Machine, Echo Nest (Jim Lucchese), 7Digital
- Defining Music Discovery through Listening – Echo Nest (Tristan Jehan), Hunted Media - This session will examine “true” music discovery through listening and how technology is the facilitator.
- Designing Future Music Experiences – Rdio, Turntable, Mary Fagot – A look at the user experience for next generation music apps.
- Music at the App Store: Lessons from Eno and Björk – Are albums as apps gimmicks or do they provide real value?
- Participatory Culture: The Discourse of Pitchfork – An analysis of ten years of music writing to extract themes.
I’ve submitted a proposal for a SXSW 2012 panel called Data Mining Music. The PanelPicker page for the talk is here: Data Mining Music. If you feel so inclined feel free to comment and/or vote for the talk. I promise to fill the talk with all sorts of fun info that you can extract from datasets like the Million Song Dataset.
Here’s the abstract:
Data mining is the process of extracting patterns and knowledge from large data sets. It has already helped revolutionized fields as diverse as advertising and medicine. In this talk we dive into mega-scale music data such as the Million Song Dataset (a recently released, freely-available collection of detailed audio features and metadata for a million contemporary popular music tracks) to help us get a better understanding of the music and the artists that perform the music.
We explore how we can use music data mining for tasks such as automatic genre detection, song similarity for music recommendation, and data visualization for music exploration and discovery. We use these techniques to try to answers questions about music such as: Which drummers use click tracks to help set the tempo? or Is music really faster and louder than it used to be? Finally, we look at techniques and challenges in processing these extremely large datasets.
- What large music datasets are available for data mining?
- What insights about music can we gain from mining acoustic music data?
- What can we learn from mining music listener behavior data?
- Who is a better drummer: Buddy Rich or Neil Peart?
- What are some of the challenges in processing these extremely large datasets?
Flickr photo CC by tristanf
I just finished giving my talk at SXSW called – ‘Finding Music with Pictures”. A few people asked for the slides - I’ve posted them to Slideshare. Of course all the audio and video is gone, but you can follow the links to see the vids. Here are the slides:
Looking for a tool to help you find the best bands to see in Austin during SXSW? Check out the Festival Explorer – Austin Edition:
It uses Echo Nest data like hotttness, top terms, similar artists to give you all sorts of ways to explore the over 2,000 artists playing in Austin during the next week. The Festival Explorer is a free iPhone app, available in the app store now: Festival Explorer Austin Edition
There are thousands of artists playing at SXSW this year. To help sort it all out, I thought I’d adapt my Music Maze to work within the world of SXSW 2011 artists. It is a good way to figure out which bands you’d like to see.
This visualization fits in with the SXSW talk I’m giving in a few days: Finding Music With Pictures
Spring break for geeks is nearly upon us. If you are going to SXSW interactive, and are interested in what is is going on at the intersection of music and technology, be sure to check out these panels.
- Love, Music & APIs – Dave Haynes (SoundCloud) /Matt Ogle (The Echo Nest) – In the old days it was DJs, A&R folks, labels and record store owners that were the gatekeepers to music. Today, we are seeing a new music gatekeeper emerge… the developer. Using open APIs, developers are creating new apps that change how people explore, discover, create and interact with music. But developers can’t do it alone. They need data like gig listings, lyrics, recommendation tools and, of course, music! And they need it from reliable, structured and legitimate sources. In this presentation we’ll discuss and explore what is happening right now in the thriving music developer ecosystem. We’ll describe some of the novel APIs that are making this happen and what sort of building blocks are being put into place from a variety of different sources. We’ll demonstrate how companies within this ecosystem are working closely together in a spirit of co-operation. Each providing their own pieces to an expanding pool of resources from which developers can play, develop and create new music apps across different mediums – web, mobile, software and hardware. We’ll highlight some of the next-generation of music apps that are being created in this thriving ecosystem. Finally we’ll take a look at how music developers are coming together at events like Music Hack Day, where participants have just 24 hours to build the next generation of music apps. Someone once said, “APIs are the sex organs of software. Data is the DNA.” If this is true, then Music Hack Days are orgies.
- Finding Music With Pictures: Data Visualization for Discovery – Paul Lamere (shamelessly self promoting) - The Echo Nest - With so much music available, finding new music that you like can be like finding a needle in a haystack. We need new tools to help us to explore the world of music, tools that can help us separate the wheat from the chaff. In this panel we will look at how visualizations can be used to help people explore the music space and discover new, interesting music that they will like. We will look at a wide range of visualizations, from hand drawn artist maps, to highly interactive, immersive 3D environments. We’ll explore a number of different visualization techniques including graphs, trees, maps, timelines and flow diagrams and we’ll examine different types of music data that can contribute to a visualization. Using numerous examples drawn from commercial and research systems we’ll show how visualizations are being used now to enhance music discovery and we’ll demonstrate some new visualization techniques coming out of the labs that we’ll find in tomorrow’s music discovery applications.
- Connected Devices, the Cloud & the Future of Music - Brenna Ehrlich, Malthe Sigurdsson, Steve Savoca, Travis Bogard - Discovering and listening to music today is a fragmented experience. Most consumers discover in one place, purchase in another, and listen somewhere else. While iTunes remains the dominant way people buy and organize their digital music collections, on-demand music services like Rdio, MOG and Spotify are creating new ways to discover, play, organize, and share music. The wide-spread adoption of smartphones and connected devices, along with the growing ubiquity of wireless networks, has increased the promise of music-in-the-cloud, but are consumers ready to give up their iTunes and owning their music outright? While, early adopters and music enthusiasts are latching on, what will it take for the mainstream to shift their thinking? This session will explore how connected devices and cloud services will affect the way consumers find and buy music going forward.
- Expressing yourself Musically with Mobile Technology - Ge Wang – Smule - The mobile landscape as we know it is focused heavily on gaming, productivity and social media applications. But as mobile technology continues to advance and phones become smarter, people will search for even more intimate, immersive and interactive ways of expressing themselves. Today, mobile technologies have made music creation easy, affordable and accessible to the masses, enabling users of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, to create and share music, regardless of previous musical knowledge. Whether you’re a fan of hip hop, classic, pop or video game theme music, there is an app for everyone. And the entertainment industry has taken notice – almost every big name artist or brand has an app for mobile devices. Most of them are just fancy message boards providing information, but some are pushing the limits of what it means to interact with the artist or brand. From the palm of your hand you can Auto-Tune your voice to sound like your favorite hip hop star, play an instrument designed by Jorden Ruddess of Dream Theater or join a virtual Glee club. Each of these artists and brands are building communities thru mobile apps that provide anyone the ability to explore their inner star. This presentation will discuss how advances in mobile technology have opened up a new world of expression to everyone and enabled users to broadcast their own musical talents across the globe.
- How Digital Media Drives International Collaboration in Music - Farb Nivi, Gunnar Madsen, Russell Raines, Stephen Averill, Troy Campbell - The House of Songs is an Austin, TX based project focusing on musical creativity through international collaboration. The House has been operating since September 2009 and has provided the foundation for creative collaboration between some of the strongest Austin and Scandinavian songwriters. Through these experiences, the participating songwriters have created numerous potential relationships and have attained unique experiences benefiting their musical careers. This panel will discuss how digital media influences these collaboration efforts in the present and in the future. The conversation will also cover current trends in this area, challenges artists face in developing and expanding their audience, how artists today can succeed in procuring worldwide digital revenue, and ultimately emphasize the need of having this conversation.
- Metadata: The Backbone Of Digital Music Commerce - Bill Wilson, Christopher Read, Fayvor Love, Kiran Bellubb – Who cares about metadata? You should. In a world where millions of digital music transactions take place on a daily basis, it’s more important than ever that music, video, and application content appears correctly in digital storefronts, customers can find them, and that the right songwriter, artist and/or content owner gets paid. This panel will review the current landscape and make sense of the various identifiers such as ISRC, ISWC, GRID, ISNI as well as XML communications standards such as DDEX ERN and DSR messages. We’ll also cover why these common systems are critical as the backbone of digital music commerce from the smallest indie artist to the biggest corporate commerce partners.
- Music & Metadata: Do Songs Remain The Same? - Jason Schultz, Jess Hemerly, Larisa Mann - Metadata may be an afterthought when it comes to most people’s digital music collections, but when it comes to finding, buying, selling, rating, sharing, or describing music, little matters more. Metadata defines how we interact and talk about music—from discreet bits like titles, styles, artists, genres to its broader context and history. Metadata builds communities and industries, from the local fan base to the online social network. Its value is immense. But who owns it? Some sources are open, peer-produced and free. Others are proprietary and come with a hefty fee. And who determines its accuracy? From CDDB to MusicBrainz and Music Genome Project to AllMusic, our panel will explore the importance of metadata and information about music from three angles. First, production, where we’ll talk about the quality and accuracy of peer-produced sources for metatdata and music information, like MusicBrainz and Wikipedia, versus proprietary sources, like CDDB. Second, we’ll look at the social importance of music data, like how we use it to discuss music and how we tag it to enhance music description and discovery. Finally, we’ll look at some legal issues, specifically how patent, copyright, and click-through agreements affect portability and ownership of data and how metadata plays into or out of the battles over “walled garden” systems like Facebook and Apple’s iEmpire. We’ll also play a meta-game with metadata during the panel to demonstrate how it works and why it is important.
- Neither Moguls nor Pirates: Grey Area Music Distribution - Alex Seago, Heitor Alvelos, Jeff Ferrell, Pat Aufderheide, Sam Howard-Spink - The debate surrounding music piracy versus the so-called collapse of the music industry has largely been bipolar, and yet so many other processes of music distribution have been developing. From online “sharity” communities that digitize obscure vinyl never released in digital format (a network of cultural preservation, one could argue), all the way to netlabels that could not care less about making money out of their releases, as well as “grime” networks made up of bedroom musicians constantly remixing each other, there is a vast wealth of possibilities driving music in the digital world. This panel will present key examples emerging from this “grey area”, and discuss future scenarios for music production and consumption that stand proudly outside the bipolar box.
- SXSW Music Industry Geeks Meetup - Todd Hansen – As the SXSW Interactive Festival continues to grow, it often becomes harder to discover /network with the specific type of people you want to network with. Hence a full slate of daytime Meet Ups are scheduled for the 2011 event. These Meet Ups are definitely not a panel session — nor do they offer any kind of formal presentation or AV setup. On the contrary, these sessions are a room where many different conversations and (and will) go on at once. This timeslot is for technology geeks working in the music industry to network with other SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum network with other technology geeks in this industry. Cash bar onsite.
There you go! See you all soon in Austin.
In a couple of weeks I’m giving a talk at SXSW called Finding Music with pictures : Data visualization for discovery. In this panel I’ll talk about how visualizations can be used to help people explore the music space and discover new, interesting music that they will like. I intend to include lots of examples both from the commercial world as well as from the research world.
I’ll be drawing material from many sources including the Tutorial that Justin and I gave at ISMIR in Japan in October 2009: Using visualizations for music discovery. Of course lots of things have happened in the year and a half since we put together that tutorial such as iPads, HTML5, plus tons more data availability. If you happen to have a favorite visualization for music discovery, post a link in the comments or send me an email: paul [at] echonest.com.
Next month I’m giving a talk at SXSW Interactive on using visualizations for discovering music. In my talk I’ll be giving a number of demos of various types of visualizations used for music exploration and discovery. One of the demos is an interactive 3D visualizer that I built a few years back. The goal of this visualizer is to allow you to use 3D game mechanics to interact with your music collection. Here’s a video
Hope to see you at the talk.