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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

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Free Music Search powered by Google = Musgle 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