music technology


Orpheus

Orpheus was a music search and exploration tool conceived as a solution to a problem on the horizon in 2003: how does one organize, search for and discover music when all digital music ever recorded is at the tip of ones fingers? This was my Master’s Thesis at UC Berkeley’s School of Information. My team (myself, Vijay Viswanathan and Jeannie Yang) won the best master’s project that year.

I just stumbled upon a really pretty music visualization project. Flokoon uses Last.FM data to make a sleek network displays of artists.

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When one clicks the ‘i’ icon on a particular artist, an information pane pops up with artist bio and discography information.

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One can also browse the tagspace for a particular artist, and then browse the network via a tag.

It’s very well done. There are some items I’d like to see. For example, I’d like to have a visual representation of where I’ve traveled in the graph. If I go from Wolf Parade to Handsome Furs, I’d like that vertex colored differently or something. Also, tapping into audio for each artist would be nice.

Flokoon isn’t just about music . They use the same approach to visualize YouTube videos and images from fotolio.

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SF – Image Courtesy of SFPhotorama.com


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My Living Room

Well, Philly anyway; then onwards to New York in the Fall.

This morning I gave notice to my building manager that I’ll be moving out of my wonderful apartment of 6 1/2 years on July 5th. The countdown is on! I’m moving back east to return to school (once again), this time to continue my research into the rapidly evolving intersection of music and technology. The next 4 years will be filled with many challenges, hard work, and surely rich rewards.

I’m very excited about the program and being closer to my family; but I’m also very sad to leave this wonderful city, my dear friends here, and a life that couldn’t have been more fulfilling in nearly every way.

More to come on exactly what I’ll be researching and learning in future posts. In the mean time, for those who are curious, check out the PhD program overview

And if you’re so inclined, clock the flickr set if you want to check out my lovely apartment. It’ll be refinished and available for rent (probably) in August. Also, some of this furniture is for sale. Contact me if you’re interested!