Spatial music collections… previous work?

Does anyone know of some projects/papers on spatially-based organization of digital music collections? I’m trying to gather information for writing my thesis’s “Background” section.

Here’s what I have so far:

I am going to implement a mode in my interface that is completely free-form, allowing the user to assign tracks to locations however they want. Does anyone know of projects that allow for this kind of music library organization?

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  1. Comment by Paul

    Posted on March 15, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    “Music in the palm of your hand” from Philips Lab allowed you to place ‘magnets’ that were associated with different musical attributes:

    http://mtg.upf.edu/ismir2004/review/abstract.php?idPaper=153

  2. Comment by Paul

    Posted on March 15, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    hannes jentsch’s interface is very nice http://www.formater.de/

  3. Comment by Paul

    Posted on March 15, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Justin Donaldson’s been doing some good visualizations with the MyStrands data.

    http://labs.mystrands.com/cgi-bin/recmap.cgi

    He has a good poster too:

    http://blog.mystrands.com/2006/05/27/winner-winner-chicken-dinner/

  4. Comment by Paul

    Posted on March 15, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    And of course there’s http://musicovery.com/ which has a 2D visualization of a mood space

  5. Comment by Paul

    Posted on March 15, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    And there’s

    http://www.music-map.com/weezer.html

    which shows a spring model of an artist similarity space

  6. Comment by Paul

    Posted on March 15, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Masataka goto’s Musicream has some really novel interface elements:

    http://staff.aist.go.jp/m.goto/Musicream/VIDEO/ISMIR2005musicream.mpg

  7. Comment by Paul

    Posted on March 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    fidgt lets you use tags as a magnet – but you attract users not tracks:

    http://www.fidgt.com/visualize

  8. Comment by Brooke Maury

    Posted on March 16, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    My Master’s thesis at the iSchool was something along these lines. It was called Orpheus. As far as I know, it was one of the earliest applications that attempted to visualize digital assets in a graph based UI. A slideshow is available here: http://arcus-associates.com/orpheus/

  9. Comment by Paul

    Posted on March 16, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    There’s a blog (somewhat stale now) that has covered commercial music interfaces that’s worth a perusal.

    http://musicinterfaces.com/

  10. Comment by Paul

    Posted on March 16, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Stephan Bauman gave a tutorial on music visualizations back at ISMIR 2005 – it is a little dated but still interesting:

    http://ismir2005.ismir.net/documents/Baumann-ISMIR05Tutorial.pdf

  11. Comment by Paul

    Posted on March 16, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    This visualization is of blogs, not music, but I think it is relevant – a high density space with lots of local groups.

    http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/project.cfm?id=560

  12. Comment by Anita

    Posted on March 17, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Paul, thanks a million for all these additions. Hannes Jentsch’s interface is one, in particular, that I had not seen; it is most similar to what I hope to build, except that my mapping algorithm is different (PCA instead of self-organizing map), and hopefully allows for some entirely new remappings by the user.

    I definitely should have listed Paul’s own project, Search Inside The Music. Obviously related, and will be included in my thesis :)

  13. Comment by Lisa Dalhuijsen

    Posted on April 3, 2008 at 9:27 am

    MusicalNodes is a project I did recently. At the moment it’s organized as follows: every album is visually attached to one or more genres. The more an album belong to a certain genre, the more it s attracted to it. The genre-’nodes’ can be dragged around on the screen in order to get a nice ordering. It works fine, but there’s still a lot of functions to be implemented :)

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