The Music Genome Project

I’ve just started playing around with Pandora, but it looks promising. Put simply, these guys tagged songs by over 10,000 artists based on musical elements. The result is a music search engine/streamer based on “music genes” rather than the genre someone labels it. I thought for sure “John Tejada” would break it, figuring they would have skipped EDM, but the results include an interesting mix of techno, trance, and breaks.

On January 6, 2000 a group of musicians and music-loving technologists came together with the idea of creating the most comprehensive analysis of music ever.

Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or “genes” into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song – everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It’s not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records – it’s about what each individual song sounds like.

Over the past 5 years, we’ve carefully listened to the songs of over 10,000 different artists – ranging from popular to obscure – and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time. This work continues each and every day as we endeavor to include all the great new stuff coming out of studios, clubs and garages around the world.

It has been quite an adventure, you could say a little crazy – but now that we’ve created this extraordinary collection of music analysis, we think we can help be your guide as you explore your favorite parts of the music universe.

Via Project Nothing.

Beat Portfolio #1

I had some free time this afternoon and decided to record my first new mix since the live set at Chemistry this summer. It felt good, but I have to do it more often. My beatmatching was rusty in a few spots. This mix starts off with some Sir Mix, then kicks into some newer house, a little tech, and a few older favorites of mine. It’s a little too long for a CD at 1:40, but I had a lot of records I wanted to play. Enjoy!

1. Sir Mix-A-Lot – Testarossa – Rhyme Cartel
2. Sean Dimitrie – Listen to My Music – Movim
3. The Popular People’s Front – Get Down – Promo
4. Someone Else + Miskate – Rip It Cookie Muenster – Found Sound
5. Claude VonStroke – Deep Throat – Dirtybird
6. Subjekt – Step Back – Freerange
7. Digital Minds – Beautiful Tones – Nightshift
8. Natural Rhythm & Trap Groove – What’s Goin’ On? – LowDown Music
9. Ark – E-Cône (Akufen Remix) – Circus Company
10. Olivier Desmet & Chuck Diesel – For You (JT Donaldson Remix) – Tango
11. Hugg & Pepp – Meral – Dahlbäck
12. Eddie ‘Flashin’ Fowlkes – Oh Lord – Azuli
13. Rocket – EZ Rider – Grayhound
14. Grey – N(ua)ghty Glances (Jacob London’s Stop Looking At Me Mix) – Harmonious Discord
15. Jabberjaw – Girlfriend – Perlon
16. Gideon Jackson – Taj Mahal – London Housing Benefit
17. Martin Venetjoki – Really Don’t Stop (Lawnchair Generals Remix) – Dust Traxx
18. Ben Klock – Earthquake – Memo
19. Afroboogie – Another Latenite – Play
20. Subjekt – Come On (Charles Webster’s Deep Kontact mix) – Freerange
21. Wighnomy Brothers – Somewhere Over The Slippybergün – WB
22. Ruoho Ruotsi – Faible Sexy – De’fchild Productions
23. René Breitbarth – Landed – Regular

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Live at Chemistry 06-14-05

I started thinking this through and realized that if I start from my first mix and work my way chronologically, some people will lose interest (since my first mixes are pretty rough). So I’ve decided to publish my latest recording. I still haven’t had time to record a new “studio” set, but this is definitely much improved from the first mix “Techno 1”. I hope with the “before and after” mixes, you’ll decide to hang around.

This particular mix was recorded using a digital voice recorder, so the quality isn’t the greatest. It actually turned out good because I did this mix in a record store in Houston — Chemistry Records. It was being broadcast over the internet and it was later in the evening, so there weren’t too many customers (and noise).

1. Krikor – The Place – Root’Down
2. Inland Knights – Over Night – Drop Music
3. Subjekt – Come On – Freerange
4. The Popular People’s Front – My Flat’s On Fire – Promo
5. U-Freqs – Touch Me There – Fingerlickin’
6. Box Clever – I’ll Eat You (If You Were a Box) – London Housing Benefit
7. John Tejada – Sweat (On the Walls) – Poker Flat
8. Tiga – Pleasure From the Bass (12 Inch Version) – Pias
9. John Tejada – Steppa – Poker Flat
10. Freestyle Man (feat. George Spruce) – Baby Wants to Ride (Volga select angel dust mix) – C & S
11. DJINXX – Automatism – FU F Comm

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A vocabulary of culture

Most internet-savvy people will begin their searches for information with either Google or Wikipedia. But if you’re looking for an alternate, more personalized source specifically pertaining to culture, check out Jan Geerinck’s Jahsonic.com. This isn’t fresh news by any means, as Jan has been adding to the site since starting in 1996. I first stumbled upon Jan’s site when searching for information on the history of electronic dance music. Immediately I noticed how thoroughly his site documents every detail of all genres of music. If you back out to the index, you’ll see the site catalogues much more than music.

Update

I just stumbled upon some good supplemental material. Intuitive Music has a pretty comprehensive Techno Guide, including not only definitions, but lists of artists and labels and a decent timeline.

Introduction

It looks like I have things in order to have a working RSS feed supporting both text entries and music podcasts. Now that I have the basic functionality set up, I can take some time to personalize the new site and give it my own flavor.

For the podcast, I’ve got several older mixes as well as a few live sets that I will release in a somewhat chronological sequence. You’ll hear a variety of house, techno, progressive, and even some jungle mixes. I appreciate any feedback about the mixes since I’m still learning all the nuances of beat-matching and blending. Hopefully you’ll be able to hear an improvement from the first few mixes to the more current ones. In the meantime, I’ve got lots of new records to dig through and use in new mixes.

Techno 1

This was one of my first recorded mixes, shortly after acquiring turntables and mixer. It’s a combination of progressive, breaks, techno, and trance.

1. The Crystal Method – Wild Sweet & Cool (Static Revenger Mix) – Ultra
2. Moby – Stop! (B side) – White
3. Orbital – Illuminate (Charlie May Mix) – London Records
4. Dennmarque – Wreckit – X-Off
5. The Chemical Brothers – Come With Us (Fatboy Slim Remix) – Virgin
6. Shockabuku – Volume 2 (K’un) (B Side) – Corb?
7. Paul Oakenfold – Starry Eyed Surprise (Josh Wink Re-interpretation) – Perfecto
8. Function – The Balance of Power – Infrastructure
9. John Digweed / Nick Muir – Voices – Bedrock
10. Orbital – Funny Break (One is Enough) (Layo & Bushwacka! Up Remix) – London Records
11. Underworld – TwoMonthsOff – JBO
12. Sasha – Wavy Gravy – Arista/BMG
13. Sasha / Darren Emerson – Scorchio – Excession/BMG
14. Underworld – Born Slippy .NUXX (Darren Price Remix) – Wax Trax!

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