2012: A Jam Odyssey
December 18, 2012 6:57 AM   Subscribe

Jam Odyssey is a holiday hack brought to you by This Is My Jam. It generates an automated megamix of any user's last year of jams.

Powered by The Echo Nest Remix API.
posted by mkb (34 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Woah, this is pretty cool. Though I'm surprised that generating my odyssey is going to take a few hours. Want jamz naaaow.

Edit: it only plays a few seconds of each song? I guess I was expecting a giant megamix...
posted by naju at 7:23 AM on December 18, 2012


For the past month or so I've been pretty exclusively into strawberry, although blueberry has made it into my list for a couple weekends.
posted by koeselitz at 7:26 AM on December 18, 2012 [3 favorites]


(Can't wait for the megamix!)
posted by koeselitz at 7:27 AM on December 18, 2012


This rocks so hard... and after seeing my list, I really really love The Muppets. Everyone come back and post the links when it's done plz. I look forward to following each of you. (Even though your favorite band probably sucks. --Metafilter!)
posted by DigDoug at 7:31 AM on December 18, 2012


(Can't wait for the megamix!)

Jive Bunny did it first!
posted by Mezentian at 7:33 AM on December 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: Your favorite band probably sucks

(couldn't resist)
posted by Otherwise at 7:35 AM on December 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


Mine goes pretty fast, since I'm late to the party. Also, I wish I'd been more clever.
posted by ferociouskitty at 7:48 AM on December 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Cleverness is overrated. Here's mine.
posted by DigDoug at 8:01 AM on December 18, 2012


Yay mine is done! Yay
posted by naju at 8:02 AM on December 18, 2012


Mine isn't done yet but when it is it will live here. I'm excited, this is pretty cool! But I have to go to work now, so I'll hear it when I get home.
posted by mygothlaundry at 8:05 AM on December 18, 2012


In case you're a putz like me and have Flash shut off by default, you'll need to fix that. Here's mine.
posted by yerfatma at 8:09 AM on December 18, 2012


Oh god if this is like I expect this is going to make my end-of-the-year.
posted by Navelgazer at 8:10 AM on December 18, 2012


Mine!
posted by Strass at 8:11 AM on December 18, 2012


Yep, it's a "clip show" but the mix came out pretty well. Here's Mine.
posted by jazon at 8:19 AM on December 18, 2012


And mine.
posted by misteraitch at 8:21 AM on December 18, 2012


Arrgh. Blocked at work, this will have to wait.
posted by arcticseal at 8:24 AM on December 18, 2012


Mine! Mine! Mine!
posted by Navelgazer at 8:54 AM on December 18, 2012


This will be mine, once it's generated. At this moment, I'm wishing I had either started or finished with This Year by the Mountain Goats. As it stands, it's the next to last song on my list.
posted by owtytrof at 9:06 AM on December 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also, I'm going to follow the shit out of you guys.
posted by owtytrof at 9:07 AM on December 18, 2012


I've never used This Is My Jam much besides for a pseudo-catalog of my music taste over time. Is it actually good for music consumption?
posted by Strass at 9:08 AM on December 18, 2012


It's good for occasional "I don't know what I want to listen to, so let's let other people choose for me" listening, provided you're following a lot of people.
posted by owtytrof at 9:11 AM on December 18, 2012


Where's my jam? Is this my jam? It goes "wub, wub, skreeee!" It is a dub step! This is not my jam!
posted by Wolfdog at 9:12 AM on December 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


My future Mark II Jam Odyssey
posted by eyeballkid at 9:12 AM on December 18, 2012


Mine is 69% complete right now. Lolololol.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:15 AM on December 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Here's mine.
posted by mkb at 9:16 AM on December 18, 2012


Love that there seems to be some minor beat matching going on with that Echo Nest script.
posted by eyeballkid at 9:21 AM on December 18, 2012


I've never used This Is My Jam much besides for a pseudo-catalog of my music taste over time. Is it actually good for music consumption?
posted by Strass at 9:08 AM on December 18 [+] [!]


It's good for occasional "I don't know what I want to listen to, so let's let other people choose for me" listening, provided you're following a lot of people.
posted by owtytrof at 9:11 AM on December 18 [+] [!]


Eh. I follow about 50-60 people and have about the same or slightly less followers, and still don't grok it. (I won't link, because I think it required Facebook at the time, which requires my real-name account and worlds collide and all) ...

Why not create a Tumblr video blog instead? Or just cruise FB, G+, Bandcamp, and MP3blogs. Then you can see more than 1 song/video from a person you like and it won't disappear after 7 days. Anyway, I never got TIMJ.

I don't use it much more either, but Last.fm used to be a great source of finding new music, i.e. following good listeners.

This Is My Jam is the best way to share that song you love right now

Is it really. Don't most people just post a YT link to FB or Twitter?

Also, my 2012 Odyssey stalled at 3%. Too many songs? I only had like 40. Firefox v. Chrome? I'll try Chrome ...

Love that there seems to be some minor beat matching going on with that Echo Nest script.

Echo Nest is also responsible for the Infinite Jukebox, which uses the same matching technology.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:24 AM on December 18, 2012


Here are the details on the software that powers the mixing:

== capsule.py ==

capsule.py beat matches parts of several songs into a single mp3. Given a transition duration, and an inter-transition duration, the program searches for the best order, the closest transition patterns, and apply beat alignment, time-stretching and crossfading into a single audio stream output. The result is a music collage with smooth transitions acting as the glue. Note that beat alignment is independent of downbeats during pattern search: it is optimal in the sense of timbral pattern matching, which may be perceptually tricky in the case of different styles. Therefore downbeats (first beat of the bar) don't necessarily align. Transitions can start anywhere in the track, and for any duration: it is up to the developer to apply additional constraints on top of the core engine of capsule to create less predictable and more interesting results.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:26 AM on December 18, 2012


Mine is 69% complete right now. Lolololol.

(>'_')>O

posted by mrgrimm at 9:31 AM on December 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


I guess, in my eyes, TIMJ is just another option for music sharing and discovery, and probably not even the "best", for many or most values of "best". The artificial limitation that seems to irk a lot of people actually kind of appeals to me, as it is kind of an enforced freshness. Thinking of it in terms of marketing strategy, though, it's probably more like an enforced reason to return to the site frequently.

The way I see it, the more music sharing and discovery tools we have available, the better. Everyone can use their favorite(s); everyone wins.

Also, I'm kind of happy that my odyssee wrapped up with "It's Not the End of the World" by Super Furry Animals. I guess the script reorders your jams for optimal beat matching. There were some other fun song combinations, in a call-and-response kind of way, too.
posted by owtytrof at 9:54 AM on December 18, 2012


Well here's mine. It's 48 song clips so it's kind of long but I was happy with the result. There were one or two songs that I herd on Devil's Night Radio that I then posted to This Is My Jam and kind of forgot about. So it was a nice reminder of those.
posted by Sailormom at 10:50 AM on December 18, 2012


mine
posted by juv3nal at 11:37 AM on December 18, 2012


Here's mine. It was smart enough to get most of the My Favorite and Secret History tracks in one run.

I think it needs to make the song transitions faster, with laser-zap effects, a bit like 1980s American Top 40.
posted by acb at 3:45 AM on December 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mine, which is still grinding.
posted by Samizdata at 8:58 AM on December 19, 2012


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