Semantic Music

I have a pretty extensive music collection, and for some time I’ve been looking for some way to make it respond to my requests more intelligently. Taking the idea of semantic web over to music, every song should have some basic metadata, and generally, all my files are pretty well tagged: Artist, Title, Album, Disc, Tracknumber, etc. It’s when I try to extend the metadata to more useful things that I run into trouble.

Perhaps the most useful classification a song can have is ‘Mood’. Unlike other music metadata, there isn’t any standard mood classification for music. MoodLogic, which probably has the best mood database on the net (its commercial tho), classifies mood into “Aggressive, Mellow, Happy, Romatic, Sad, and Upbeat”, with the possibility of multiple selections for each song. Other popular classifications range around the idea of having a scale (from 1 to 10, say) to indicate how mellow or aggressive a song is. Whatever the method however, its difficult to get proper mood metadata into your song without having to dish dollars for it. Allmusic.com’s style tags might suffice for albums, but for single tracks, I have to manually update every song.

Another useful but exotic tag is BPM (beats per minute). Its more easier to find BPM than mood for music, and combined with mood, it paves the way for playlists with extraordinary flexibility. Imagine making an aggressive playlist with a medium BPM just for those morning wake-up calls =).

It’s tagging thats the difficult part, once I get that done, manipulating my music files to make wacky playlists is going to be amazing. I wish there were free tools to make things easier tho’.

Absence (again)

Sorry for the long leave. Without boring you with details of my absence (evidenced by the dismal post count of last month), I’ll get on with what I have to say. Posting for the next few days might be erratic as hell, so bear with me. The heydays of Vysnu will return. Amen.

Saw the Passion of the Christ the other day. Interesting movie – but not altogether enlightening or refreshing or anything – but interesting because it managed to keep my interest despite the subtitles and everything. Of course, part of it was the fact that my Bible know-how is abysmally dim, and the lashing and crucifying were very depressing (and immediately visual), but I’ve got to admit that my picture of Mel Gibson bhai has been changed a lot – if the guy can feel such a lot for his God, he’s not the toothpick he looks to be. I also saw Van Helsing (a good movie) and Amadeus (the story of Mozart and an okayish movie) but there’s not much to write about. I’m excited about Spiderman 2 – he’s always been a favorite superhero – and despite the way the first flick perverted the comic, I want to see the kiss again.

Reading? Well a lot. The Harry Potter series got polished to a nice three times now, and aside from that, The Paksenarrion Series, a re-read of the Foundation books by Asimov (currently reading Foundation’s Edge), Look to Windward by Iain Banks and lots more to go. Ancient Promises is still revolving in my head though and I think on it often.

Coding too is in the works. As well as OOP-2, which should be posted next week, an update to SMS Yell too will hit the site soon. Vivek, Nandu and I are also working on our Mini-Project for this semester, and the way Vivek is going on about that, it’s gonna be a rocker 😉

I’m also working on writing more chapters for Seven in the Kharke series. For the few people who have given up on me, I’m sorry. Still no promises, but I’ve got so many fancy ideas for the story (and a few spinoff stories too) that it’s just bursting to be written.

Besides that, I’m working with Ashok on the LOBA website. It’s been uber cool to finally play with a host which has shell access (we Sig9-ers can’t afford that) and I’ve been wanting to tinker with so many things. Well there’s time 😉

The above paragraphs have been written 1) to further my ego and 2) for a certain person who reads this and tells me that I’m a lazy bum. I am a lazy bum, but if I’m all okay (as I’m bound to be some time soon), I do get a lot of things done.

The Corrs: Borrowed Heaven

I’ve been listening to the new Corrs album – Borrowed Heaven – and it really sounds good. I’ve always liked them for their melodies, but the album has quite a few excellent vocals as well. Other similar artists that I like: Muse, Dido, Norah Jones, Sarah Mclachlan, Faith Hill, Natalie Imbruglia, Cranberries, Radiohead, mellowdrone, and Coldplay. So go clicky clicky :-).

I probably shouldn’t be doing this, but for the unscrupulous, here is a magnet link to the album: Corrs: Borrowed Heaven.

As an aside, Shareaza has gone Open Source with version 2.0. It’s probably the best Peer-to-Peer downloader out there, so go give it a try.

If anyone can list similar artists here, that would be nice. I’m always looking for new music. Tata! 😀

Under Avril's Skin =)

I’m listening to Avril’s new album – Under My Skin – as I write this, it’s not as refreshing as her earlier one but some tracks really sound nice, two of my favorites are “Forgotten” and “Nobody’s Home”. As for people who tell me it’s pretend punk, screw you… what matters is that it sounds nice to me =)

Some magnet links as a sampler: Nobody’s Home | Forgotten. If you don’t know how to use those, try Shareaza. (Thank Peerweb for these links)