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Sync/Lost

This looks like it’d be fun to play with:

Sync/Lost is a multi-user installation for immersion in the history of electronic music.  It’s like a multi-user version of Ishkur’s guide to EDM.  The installation can be used by three users simultaneously, with wiimote and headphones/soundspeakers. Each one interacts by choosing a style on the interface.  Made with Processing by 3bits.  I’d really  like to see this work with Echo Nest data.

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Echo Nest analysis and visualization for Dopplereffekt – Scientist

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Visualizing the Artist Space

Take a look at Kurt’s weekend hack to make a visualization of the Echo Nest artist similarity space.  Very nice.  Can’t wait for Kurt to make it interactive and show artist info. Neat!

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The Echo Nest workshop at Music Hack Day

I’ll be giving a workshop on the Echo Nest API at the Boston Music Hack Day.  Here are the slides – but you should really come to the workshop if you can – the slides don’t have all the music, video or presenter awesomeness that you’ll get at the live workshop. Hope to see you there.

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My Fame goes to 11

fameSten has released a new version of the ultra-cool,  award-winning Music Explorer FX.  It has a new feature: The Fame Knob.  While you are exploring for music you can set the Fame Knob up or down to control how well known or obscure the artists shown are.   If you are looking for mainstream artists set the Fame Knob to high. Looking for new, undiscovered artists? Set the Fame Knob to low.

Sten has also included a number of performance enhancements so everything runs super snappy.   Read more about the update on Sten’s blog and give it a whirl.

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The Music Explorer FX. Click to launch the app.

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Using Visualizations for Music Discovery

On Monday, Justin and I will present our magnum opus – a three-hour long tutorial entitled:  Using Visualizations for Music Discovery.  In this talk we look the various techniques that can be used for visualization of music.  We include a survey of the many existing visualizations of music, as well as talk about techniques and algorithms for creating visualizations.   My hope is that this talk will be inspirational as well as educational spawning new music discovery visualizations.    I’ve uploaded a PDF of our slide deck to slideshare.  It’s a big deck, filled with examples, but note that large as it is,  the PDF isn’t the whole talk.  The tutorial will include many demonstrations and videos of visualizations that just are not practical to include in a PDF.  If you have the chance, be sure to check out the tutorial at ISMIR in Kobe on the 26th.

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There must be 85 ways to visualize your music

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Justin and I have been working hard, preparing our tutorial: Using Visualizations for Music Discovery being presented at ISMIR 2009 in Kobe Japan.  Here’s a teaser image showing 85 of the visualizations that we’ll be talking about during the tutorial.    If you’ve created a music visualization that is useful for music exploration and discovery, and you don’t see a thumbnail of it here, let me know in the next couple of days.

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Radio Waves

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Radio Labs now has a new visualisation called Radio Waves that shows the kind of music that is played on the various BBC stations.  The visualization shows info about what genres, artists, year of release,  which DJs play which music.  There’s lots of info presented in an interesting way.  Read all the details at the Radio Labs blog and then check it out:  Radio Waves

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Draw a picture of your musical taste

Tristan Fs Musical taste

Tristan F's Musical taste

Tristan F from the BBC posted this hand drawing of his musical taste to Flickr.  As he says in the photo comments: I had to stop at some point so it’s not comprehensive. But it’s all about connections.

I find these types of drawings to yield really interesting insights into the listener and to music in general.  For instance Tristan has a line connecting Sufjan Stevens to Bill Frisell.  I’m still pondering that connection.   As I  prepare for my upcoming ISMIR tutorial on Using Visualizations for Discovering Music,  I’d like to collect a few more personal visualizations of music taste.  If you feel so inclined , draw a picture that represents your music taste, post it to Flickr and tag it with ‘MyMusicTaste’.  I’ll post a follow up … and particularly interesting ones will appear in the tutorial.

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Finding music with pictures

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As part of the collateral information for our upcoming ISMIR tutorial (Using Visualizations for Music Discovery), Justin and I have created a new blog: Visualizing Music.  This blog, inspired by our favorite InfoVis blogs like Information Aesthetics and Visual Complexity,  will be be a place where we catalog and critique visualizations that help people explore and understand music.

There are hundreds of music visualizations out there – so it may take us a little while to get them all cataloged, but we’ve already added some of our favorites.  Help us fill out the whole catalog by sending us links to interesting music visualizations.

Check out the new blog:  Visualizing Music

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