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[14 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 399 views]
http://schall-und-mauch.de/artificialmusicality/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/party_plot.png I know this off-topic on this Music Informatics website, but I couldn’t resist some data analysis on, yes!, Germans political parties. This is, of course, because general elections are looming. Where I got the data from? From the Wahl-o-mat website, run by an independent body whose mission is political awareness. Here’s how it works. Wahl-o-mat have compiled a questionnaire of political statements which you can answer “agree”, “neutral”, “not agree” (in German) on-line. This will then be matched to the answers of 28 political parties (which the parties have officially given to Wahl-o-mat), and you get a score of which party you agree with most. Crucially, after the exerci…

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[7 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 243 views]
http://songle.jp/images/logo_top.png AIST have gone a step further with Songle.jp, including YouTube content. Previously only less mainstream music from SoundCloud and independent MP3 sources and the Vocaloid community could be found on the site. Songle is a miraculous shop window for Music Informatics Research, with many of the core MIR tasks performed on the song, and with the crucial ability for users to improve on the automatic detection. Chord detection, beat and bar detection, chorus detection, vocal activity detection, melody estimation, and song similarity, are all part of the chic web interface. Take this Muse track, for example. Now I’m, of course, partial, having been involved in the early stages of the project (see our 2011 paper), but the guys ar…

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[31 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 295 views]
http://energy.sandia.gov/wp/wp-content/gallery/uploads/AIST_logo-300x233.jpg Only a few days and I’ll be back at AIST in Japan, working with Masataka Goto again — but this time it’ll be for six weeks only. I’m quite looking forward to it, not only because I will meet and work with Masataka himself and good old Yoshii-san again, but also because Matthew Davies, an old colleague formerly at Queen Mary, is going to be there, as is Matt McVicar, a friendly connection formerly at Bristol. And the work itself should be fascinating, too: looking forward to get an inside view of how Songle.jp is developing alongside the newer Songrium project. And then there’s the food as well! And maybe I can squeeze in a visit at the University of Tokyo as well, should contact Ono-sensei soon.

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[5 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 359 views]
I gave a little interview recently to a student of Science Communication at Imperial College. Andy Roast is a pleasant chap and he made my interview, along with similar interviews with Armand Leroi and Mark Levy into an interesting lil podcast.

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[11 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 215 views]
Thousands of views — I’m surprised! After a long while of not having thought much of Chordino I checked back to see how the videos I made did on YouTube. Well, I can tell you that they didn’t go viral as such (what defines viral, actually?), but I was very pleased to see that my video on how to install the Chordino plugin in Sonic Visualiser had actually got more than 7,000 views. And, more surprising still, someone had made a new video about Chordino (independently of me, but featured alongside this blog post now) with yet more views (more than 13,000 at the time of writing). Arnulfo Huerta even made a playlist of four of my videos about Chordino. Charming, thanks to all viewers and video peoplez!

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[5 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 235 views]
I’ve been busy with new singing experiments while at the same time trying to finish up a paper on the experiments on Happy Birthday we did last year with Klaus Frieler (I reported). So I just thought for all you birthday children out there I’m going to upload a little mp3 with all of our participants singing Happy Birthday — in fact they’re all singing it three times at the same time, so you hear over 80 Happy Birthdays altogether. Lovely. Well, you decide, here it is (SoundCloud).

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[9 Apr 2013 | One Comment | 482 views]
For quite some time now this year’s Cozzarelli Prize winners have been announced, and I’m proudly in their midst, thanks mainly to the incredible work Bob MacCallum and Armand Leroi did on our paper on the “Evolution of Music by Public Choice“. The prize is awarded to six papers that “reflect scientific excellence and originality” and that were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) the previous year. Though I’m just one little co-author, I’ll have the pleasure of flying out to Washington D.C. with Armand at the end of the month to take part in the PNAS Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony, though I expect that Armand will be on stage to actuall…

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[18 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 514 views]
http://newstalk.ie/content/001/images/000004/6482_64_pages_01_8_978x290.jpg I just had the most pleasant radio interview with Sean Moncrieff of Newstalk Radio, Dublin. From what I can tell it’s a great, interesting show in general, endorsed by the Open University. I seem to have got my point across, too: we’ve got new votes streaming in on the Descent of Pop survey just now. You can listen to the interview here. Thanks to Sean and the Newstalk team!

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[18 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 594 views]
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c2/Harry_Belafonte_singing_1954.jpg/220px-Harry_Belafonte_singing_1954.jpg I thought it might be high time to remind the world of the ground truth data (zip archive here) that my colleagues at AIST and I annotated, and which accompanies my paper on vocal/instrumental solo detection. On the AIST annotation page, there are, of course, many other interesting annotations, so have a look around there, too! The ground truth is provided for the whole RWC pop corpus (100 songs).

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[5 Feb 2013 | No Comment | 1,998 views]
http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/529158_202888116524019_130328987_n.jpg I’ve been involved in measuring the evolution of the charts for quite a while (at Last.fm, see the Anatomy of the Charts), and we’re opening a new chapter now. That new chapter needs your help! We want to dump those few annoying bad recordings from our database and learn about differences in audio quality in general. Everything you need to know is on this website. But the real fun happens on the rating page. It’s actually really interesting what crops up if you just randomly listen to the pop of the last 60 years, and if you do that for us, it would help us a lot. So again, your help would be appreciated on this web page. You can also befriend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DescentOfPop