Lots of users complain that Spotify's shuffle algorithms aren't really random. This can best be explained by a cognitive bias called the clustering illusion. Users aren't wrong to complain, though. What people want isn't true randomness, but an even distribution with separation of similar tracks. A random sequence might put 3 Michael Jackson songs in […]
Monthly Users According to Facebook - February 2012 Service Launch Date Monthly Users % Change Spotify Oct 2008 15,800,000 +20% Pandora Jan 2000 9,200,000 +3% SoundCloud Oct 2008 3,100,000 +24% Bandcamp Sep 2008 1,200,000 +21% Grooveshark Jan 2006 1,100,000 0% Slacker Jun 2007 150,000 0% MOG Dec 2009 140,000 -30% Rdio Aug 2010 100,000 +43% […]
This is my personal blog. The views expressed on this page are mine alone and not those of my employer. Update, April 8, 2013: Can you hear it? Take a watermark listening test. A while ago I posted about my confusion regarding Weird Spotify Compression Artifacts. It turns out the artifacts are not due to […]
I put a Sound Blaster 16 in my first computer. It came with a CD-ROM full of goodies like Dr. Sbaitso, the talking psychologist. One app was called TextAssist and it had a special syntax that let you string together phonemes, specifying pitch, duration, even vibrato. I spent hours composing weird robot jingles. Itsy Bitsy […]
Music Smasher is a smash up of popular music streaming service APIs. I developed it to simplify the task of searching across Spotify, Rdio, Grooveshark, and other catalogs to find out who has the music you love, giving you more information for choosing a streaming service. Music Smasher is currently hosted at mattmontag.com/smasher. Note that […]
This is my personal blog. The views expressed on this page are mine alone and not those of my employer. Spotify Artifacts Showcase I love Spotify. But I've noticed some weird artifacts on a few albums. It sounds like a fluttery warble noise in the midrange. It's most noticeable during big string or choir sections […]
This semester, I have been working with Stefan Sullivan and Scott Dickey on a multi-touch table for musical applications. My goal was to get latency to an absolute minimum, since even small delays can ruin the experience of performance. We achieved 25-30ms latency from touch to audio output with our camera-based system, compared to 50-60ms […]
Interesting gender conversion results... Barack Obama obama.wav obama_to_female.wav obama_to_child.wav Sarah Palin palin.wav palin_to_male.wav palin_to_female.wav Katie Couric couric.wav couric_to_male.wav Al Gore algore.wav algore_to_female.wav algore_to_child.wav Hip-Hop turnstiles.wav turnstiles_to_child.wav Details on the project page.