Short links for April 23rd, 2008

Some interesting things I found on April 23rd, 2008:

# The Echo Nest – The Echo Nest Analyze API is a tool that can enrich your software’s understanding of musical recordings. It uses a perceptual model of human listening to generate detailed descriptions of a song’s structure and musical content.

Given any musical sound file, our analysis engine outputs global musical track information such as tempo, dominant pitches and timbre, key, time signature, energy, etc. It also segments the sound file into large sections (such as verse, chorus, bridge), beats, and smaller time slices. Each segment is described in terms of pitch, timbre, and loudness content. The engine then segments a musical track into small time slices, each representing a perceived “sound” (a note of a piano, a syllable of a vocal line, etc.).

Each segment is then described in pitch, timbre and loudness. This information can power performances, visualizations, and games with the ability to respond to a wide range of nuances in the music they use.

Anita Lillie - Sonic Youth 'Cross The Breeze
Anita Lillie wrote a program which maps a subset of the audio data onto a visual scale, and creates video playback of the song. (above = visualization of ‘Cross the Breeze by Sonic Youth).

Adam Glazier made a nice Flash based visualizer for your Echo Nest Analysis XML.

# Portishead – Third @ – Portishead's latest album can be streamed free of charge.

# The Reality of Depending on True Fans – Robert Rich tempers Kevin's enthusiasm for 1000 True Fans with a cautionary realism borne from actually trying the idea. The summary of his experience is so pertinent and detailed that Kevin felt was worth posting in full.

# Celebration Of Vintage and Retro Design — ads, illustrations, book covers, pins and posters from 1920-1980s – The images weren’t necessarily created in the mid of 20th century. Vintage is living today which is why this post also features artists and designers who make use of the vintage and retro style in their works.

# BeatEd – a simple drum machine for S60 – BeatEd was originally developed in couple of nights to get a drum machine and metronome application for personal guitar playing purposes.


Onzekerheid and Boards of Hollandia

I’ve added two new tracks to the KVR contest entries page.


The theme for the August contest was Form. The idea was to compose a piece that falls into one of the following musical forms:

  1. ABA
  2. ABAC
  3. AABA

See if you can figure out which one I chose! This is my first entry with vocals (I recently bought a cheap Akai mic at a junkyard sale for a few bucks), and they’re in Dutch in case you don’t know what you’re listening to. I wasn’t too impressed with my vocal performance myself, but it’s common knowledge that poppy songs with vocals tend to do better than instrumentals, so I ended up in 4th place out of 40+ entries anyway.

core - onzekerheid Downloads: 547 times

Boards of Hollandia

Boards of Hollandia

The September theme was YRUme (why-are-you-me), in which we were supposed to emulate a band or artist. Covers weren’t allowed so the difficulty was in creating something that sounded like someone without actually doing one of their songs.

At first I though I’d do Dinosaur Jr. or Sonic Youth, but as I was on the beach in Tunisia most of September I decided to do something less time consuming.

I started out with some pads in Oatmeal, put some LFO on it and figured I should have a go at a BoC type piece. In the end it didn’t quite come out gritty enough, but I’m pleased with the overall result. It didn’t rate well at all with the peeps at KVR, getting just a few votes and placing somewhere in the middle of the results list. There were a few amazing entries though, so I’m not disappointed with my score.

core - boards of hollandia Downloads: 734 times