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Video sprites and concatenative sound synthesis

Sometimes crossing the borders of your own domain can yield some very interesting insights. After reading a nice blog post on recent applications of seam carving in the video processing world, I stumbled across an interesting article on controlled animation of video sprites. Allow me to explain why I think it is interesting for music technologists like us.

Herd it

Just found out about an interesting game called Herd It. Tried it out and, presented in a kind of "brain trainer like" user interface, this facebook game tests your abilities to tag and name songs. Questions like "how do you classify this song", "would this song be good for a romantic date" are asked to the user after listening to songs. Punctuation is given based on the tags that are chosen by majority of the current 10 players.

A great idea! Here's to hoping they will release the actual data.

Celemony releases Melodyne DNA

So Celemony finally released their DNA technology to a wider audience (beta version for existing customers). It took a little longer than originally announced, but who cares for such great technology. Congrats to the Celemony team!

Just found the time to actually sit through their demo videos.

Studiedag Muziek Digitaal

Op 28 oktober 2009 organiseert Muziekcentrum Vlaanderen in de Beursschouwburg in Brussel een studiedag rond de uitdagingen en opportuniteiten voor muziek in het digitale tijdperk: hoe beïnvloedt de opkomst van digitale technologie de (re)productie, distributie en consumptie van muziek?

Here we go!

Well, it took a while, but we're finally there: SampleSumo has its own public space on the web, complete with twitter and blog integration (oh yes!): http://www.samplesumo.com

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