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Music Machinery | a blog about music technology by Paul Lamere Is Your Band Name Taken? Find Out Here | Spotify Insights (This post originally appeared here.) One of the best things about starting a band is coming up with the name. It’s so fun that even people who aren’t starting a band like to do it. If you had a nickel for every time you’d heard “Hey, that’d be a great band name,” you’d probably have enough for a latte. Nobody wants to end up with a band name that’s already taken, unless it’s an intentional similarity — Hennessy Youngman, we’re looking at you (as usual). They might have solved that problem with access to a database of band names. If you’re starting a band, or are just curious to know whether your latest ingenious band name is taken, consider bookmarking the band name checker whipped up by The Echo Nest data alchemist Glenn McDonald. That’s all it does, which is why Glenn calls this “the simplest possible Echo Nest API application.” Give it a whirl. Like this: Like Loading...

The Echo Nest Demo Page Artist Browser Using the Echo Nest API to browse through similar artists This is a a demonstration web app that shows how you can use the artist API to find similar artists, get biography and top terms for an artist. Artist News Using the Echo Nest API to retrieve recent news articles for an artist This is a a demonstration web app that shows how you can use the artist news API to get recent news articles for an artist. Artist Reviews Using the Echo Nest API to retrieve recent reviews for an artist This is a a demonstration web app that shows how you can use the artist reviews API to get recent reviews for an artist. Artist Blogs Using the Echo Nest API to retrieve recent blog posts for an artist This is a a demonstration web app that shows how you can use the artist blogs API to get recent blog posts for an artist. Artist Hotttnesss See the top hotttest artists for any genre Song Hotttnesss See the top hotttest songs on the web Liveliness Artist Images Basic Playlisting We are doing it Live! Genre Radio

Top 100 - Classical Music Best Famous Popular Kickass It's the top Classical Music from movies, songs, commercials, cartoons, video games and ringtones. Scroll down for the Kickass Classical Top 100 Countdown - all the hits from #100 to #1 without all the clicking. Sort this list. Click the header to sort by Composer, Title, Year, or Keyword. On this site, click to hear the piece. iTunes and Amazon. Buy the brand new Kickass Classical Album. 100 tracks, over 9 hours of classical music. iTunes Amazon Featuring classical hits like: Beethoven "Symphony No. 5: I" Tchaikovsky "1812 Overture" Mozart "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: Allegro" Bach "Toccata And Fugue In D Minor" Rossini "William Tell Overture" Pachelbel "Canon In D" Strauss "Blue Danube" Orff "Carmina Burana: O Fortuna" Strauss, R "Also Sprach Zarathustra" Offenbach "Infernal Galop" If you like the list above... You'll hear all the pieces in the Kickass Classical Top 100 non stop. Click the YouTube player to the right. Or the SoundCloud player below.

How Pop Music’s Bounciness Has Shifted Since 1950 | Spotify Insights (This post originally appeared here.) Some music just seems to bounce right along, like the proverbial bouncing ball that guided televised sing-alongs of yore. It sounds spikey, with a in-and-out rhythm — think choppy reggae guitar, or booming techno beats. Data alchemist Glenn McDonald looked into how bouncy popular music has been every year since 1950. “Bounciness is a measure of how rhythmic and sonically spiky the music is,” explains McDonald. To determine bounciness over time, McDonald ran the most popular 5,000 songs from every year in the modern pop music era according to The Echo Nest’s hotttness attribute, from 1950 to 2013, looking at how that music’s bounciness varied over time. In the ’70s, popular music grew bouncier once again — but that was its last peak. Maybe we just like our music with less bounciness, as the years have passed, similarly to the way a bouncing ball bounces less over time. Bouncy music examples: Tech House: Reggae: Atmospheric Black Metal: Choral: Like this:

Stereomood - turn your mood into music - free playlist for every mood in your life Medeltida musik: spännande fakta och musikklipp Välkommen till en artikel om medeltida musik på Begreppet åsyftar förstås den musik som förekom under medeltiden, innan renässansens intåg i mitten av 1400-talet. Den kulturella medeltiden pågick strax efter Roms fall till 1500-talet – en period om ungefär 1000 år. Introduktion till medeltida musik Ur ett teoretiskt perspektiv: Den tidiga repertoaren, som skulle lägga grund för den gregorianska sången (läs mer om den längre ner) kom från kristna samhällen i länder som Syrien och Israel. Instrument: Rösten var det vanligaste och viktigaste instrumentet under medeltiden, men visst fanns det ett antal instrument. Redan på 700-talet tog sig felor (tidiga fioler) och liknande stråkinstrument till Europa från Bortre Orienten (japp, vårt vanligaste svenska folkinstrument är ursprungligen från Mellanöstern). Sakral musik Från början var framfördes de kyrkliga, liturgiska texterna helt utan ackompanjerande instrument. Melodierna kunde vara väldigt olika till naturen. Profan musik

As The Beat Goes On, It Gets More Accurate | Spotify Insights (This post originally appeared here.) The idea of playing music to a click track isn’t new; it predates recording. Composers Beethoven and Salieri were both early proponents of the modern metronome, patented in 1815, which keeps a steady time so that musicians can keep a beat with more accuracy. Data alchemist Glenn McDonald took a look at how what one might call “click-trackiness” of popular music has changed, by running the 5,000 hottest songs from every year from 1950 to 2013 through our mechanism attribute. This connotes how rigidly regular a song is, with organic, tempo-wandering music getting a low mechanism rating, and music that adheres strictly to a click track or, even more mechanistically, to a drum machine, receiving a higher rating. Here’s a song with a high mechanism rating, with a super-consistent BPM right until near the end when it starts to vary: And here’s one with a low mechanism rating, with a wandering tempo: (Top photo courtesy of Flickr/James Lee) Like this:

LitTunes Lesson Plans / Soundtrack of Your Life An Activity to Inspire Reflective Writing and Personal Narrative Type of Activity: Individual. Approximate time: Four 50-minute class periods. Objective: Students will write reflectively and personally. Materials: The Soundtrack of Your Life assignment sheet includes blanks for songs and artists and an explanation of each required paragraph. Setup: Play music as the students are entering the classroom. Procedure: Day One: Distribute a copy of the lyrics and play Bon Jovi's "It's My Life." Day Two: Have the students collect the titles of at least eight meaningful songs that correspond to the events they selected on Day One. Day Three: Now that the students have created an "imaginary soundtrack" to their lives, have them write a reflective letter that explains why each event and song is included. Day Four: (Wait several days after Day Three for this part of the lesson.) Bon Jovi lyrics: CLICK the musical note below for a printer friendly version of the lyrics to "It's My Life."