Remix 1.1 is released

Version 1.1 of the Echo Nest remix has been released.  Adam Lindsay, in his Remix Overview describes it thus:

Remix is a sophisticated tool to allow you to quickly, expressively, and intuitively chop up existing audio content and create new content based on the old. It allows you to reach inside the music, and let the music’s own musical qualities be your — or your computer’s — guide in finding something new in the old. By using Remix’s knowledge of a given song’s structure, you can render the familiar strange, or the strange slightly more familiar-sounding. You can create countless parameterized variations of a given song — or one of near-limitless length — that respect or desecrate the original, or land on any of countless steps in between.

This release as concentrated on making it easier to install. We now have install instructions for Linux, Mac and Windows.   We also now use the FFMpeg encoder/decoder instead of mad and lame.  This has a number of advantages; it makes it easier to install, it supports a larger number of file formats, and perhaps most importantly, it is the same decoder that the Echo nest Analyze uses. This ensures that audio segment boundaries fall exactly on zero-crossings.

Remix is really fun to play with, and the results are always interesting and sometimes even musical.  Here’s an example of a song released in the last year (can you guess it?) that has been remixed to include only the first beat of each measure.

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  1. #1 by hok on June 11, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    I’ve just tested some of the example script and it doesn’t work, all my output.mp3 are empty.

    I am an Ubuntu 9.04

  2. #3 by brian on June 11, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    yes, hok, please let us know how we can help — I am guessing something is up with your ffmpeg install. Did you try to alternate ffmpeg installer in the debian installer howto?

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