week 69: ISMIR
I went to ISMIR, and presented a paper about how DJs select and order tracks, which went pretty well. Ryan Groves and I also ‘performed’ two Elvis Costello songs, with backing chords from Elvis Presely songs. We probably should have cut it at one, but the first song (Alison, since you asked) was a big hit. I’ll have a detailed post about it soon, with audio and hopefully video.
Other ISMIR / Curitiba highlights include:
- Learning about 72-note-to-the-octave Byzantine chant. (Maria Pantelli, U Cyprus)
- Learning about ragtime, Andalusian, Turkish, Carnatic / Hindi, Chilean music from a data perspective. (Anja Volk, Alastair Porter, Sertan Senturk, Monojit Choudhury, Gabriel Vigliensoni, and many more)
- Learning about Francois Pachet’s work with “style” and for systems that encourage flow.
- David Hauger’s Million Musical Tweet Database has potential.
- I am over trying to machine-learn emotional music. Just done with it. The only possible answer is to build a constantly updating neural network for every single person in the world.
- Some neat stuff on automashups by I-Ting Liu, also by Matthew Davies
- The band at the reception, Caracoarco, can play. Likewise the quasi-Celtic band we saw at a random pub.
- Arne Eigenfeldt’s procedural techno machine is really, really good at drums and bass. The leads are not there, but it is close
- Cachaca is delicious and covers far more ground than I thought: I had apple ones, smoked variations, and so on.
- Academia is fun, but man, it moves slowly and has too many dudes in it.
Much more importantly, I also saw two dear friends get married in Toronto. All the love to them.