New Music Search Engine

Search engines like Pandora are great.  They identify specific characteristics of a piece of music, find more music that shares many of those characteristics and then play them for you.

The National Science Foundation has funded a different way to find similar, aesthetically pleasing music basic on a single work.  Previous work has provided a foundation for producing neural networks that can identify basic features of a piece of music, e.g., type of music, composer.  Using objective information like pitch, duration, and harmonic intervals, can increase the likelihood of finding similar music.

The research team has posted some examples from this type of search engine.  I found them quite provocative.  The results were much more similar than those I normally receive through services like Pandora.  I’m looking forward to using this when it is out of the research phase.
[from Ars Technica]

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