Monday, October 10, 2005

List Dispepsia

The day job shall take the priority today, and so, beyond a massive shout out to top limey colonial hangout aping lounge Pegu (Gin! More! Gin!), what we thought we would share with you is a playlist. Bundled in with Roxio's The Boom Box, which we had purchased to record LPs, is Predixis' Music Magic Mixer.

MMM's thing is to scan your music collection, which in our case took the best part of three days, and create "unique sonic fingerprints". These can be then used to create playlists with a similar mood and feel. We have only tried about two of them so far, and thought, for your amusement, and possiblly the calumny of passing trolls, to post one here. At the moment it seems to rely on bringing up a few songs from the same album, and also seems a tad wedded to whatever genre descriptions one has given it, but there's a definite germ of an application here.

Anyway, have at it...

You Don't Need Money - Treat Her Right - The Anthology 1985-1990
The Orange County Lumber Truck - Frank Zappa - Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Bacon - The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Magical Colors EP
Hit A Man - Treat Her Right - The Anthology 1985-1990
Range Life - Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Zero To Nowhere - Gretschen Hofner - Maria Callous
Under My Thumb - The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks
On Fire - Sebadoh - Harmacy
September Gurls - Big Star - #1 Record/Radio City
My Fair Lady - David Byrne - The Wired CD: Rip. Sample. Mash. Share.
Let's Spend The Night Together - The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks
Burn, Don't Freeze - Sleater-Kinney - The Hot Rock


At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Wendell Hicken said...

Greetings! The genre descriptions are actually ignored completely by MusicMagic - try changing them to oddball things like "Cheese Wiz", and "Babbling Monkeys", and it won't affect the lists at all.

The artist and album field are used to determine overall acoustic styles for groups of songs. You can turn this off using the "artist style" slider on the preferences.

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Gringcorp said...

Thanks for your comment, Wendell, we'll see how it shapes up, and we must confess we've done very little playing about with it so far. The analysing seems to be rather slow, even when asking it to go after just, say, one album. Although, we'll admit with a shame face, we just asked it to analyse the conversion from vinyl of the mighty JSBX' Now I Got Worry with all the songs labelled wrong.

At 6:34 PM, Blogger Gringcorp said...

Oh, and as for playing around with the id tags, we'll assume you were joking. We have absolutely NO SENSE OF HUMOUR whatsoever with regard to the orderliness of our iTunes.

still, thanks for being the first commentor in well over a year of this blog to leave something useful behind.


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