The sound of searching sound: OWL

This is easily the coolest technology I’ve seen in years: Go to the Creative Commons search page. Click on the OWL Music Search tab. (Depending upon the browser, you might need to run a fake search to get it to come alive — we’re working on this, but just type anything in the search bar). You’ll then see OWL’s Music Search interface. Drop an MP3 on OWL. It will analyze it and show you similar sounding Creative Commons licensed music. You select the part of the song you want to match; it finds the closest match it can find.

Glyn Moody agrees.

(Note, this is version .3, so enjoy to get the concept clear. )

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4 Responses to The sound of searching sound: OWL

  1. Evan says:

    If anyone is interested in how this works, here are a few papers to get you started:

    ISMIR 2006 Proceedings
    ISMIR 2005 Proceedings
    MIR PhDs

    For instance, the ISMIR 2006 link has a section on “Similarity and Playlists”.

  2. anonymous says:

    Tried it. It directed me to and iTunes. The CC license part of it isn’t working or the “results” page is hard to interpret.

  3. Marcelo says:

    MP3? What’s that. You surely mean Ogg, right?

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