MusicBox demo video

I finally had the time (and the computer!) to put together a demo video of MusicBox. This video, more than the others on this site, shows a wide range of features, all from the most recent version of the software.  I hope you find it a helpful introduction to my thesis project. [Go to the video: QuickTime | YouTube (Note the HD version!)]

As always, I welcome your questions and feedback!

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  1. Comment by duckworthd

    Posted on January 31, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I’m a student at UC Berkeley (undergrad), so I can hardly fathom a tenth of what must have gone into this project. What impresses me most isn’t even the visualization, but just your ability numerically analyze audio signals according to so many different elements, and ACCURATELY. Though often, just because something is mathematically similar does not always mean it’s similar when registered by the human mind. If you have time, could you tell us about how you extracted these characteristics?

  2. Comment by Not Anita, just some guy

    Posted on February 1, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    The video’s gotten about 8,300 new hits in the last 36 hours. Yay Reddit.

    And I recently added a subtitle track, which should help international viewers.

    I’d also like to know how to get on the mailing list. Has anything been sent out yet?

  3. Comment by dominic

    Posted on February 21, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    please make this awesome work available to us!!

  4. Comment by Liz Sumners

    Posted on March 18, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Brilliant – cleverly put together with pure simplicity for the user. Well done but please add me to your mailing list for when this product becomes available – soon I hope.


  5. Comment by Jesse

    Posted on March 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    This seems like a quite good idea, and is miles beyond any of the “smart playlists” in any of the current music players.

    Please add me to the mailing list.

  6. Comment by Paul C.

    Posted on March 26, 2009 at 8:15 am

    very cool app. I tried to imagine the color pattern I would get with my exotic library!! I’m hooked! Please add me to the mailing list.

  7. Comment by zazi

    Posted on April 6, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Thank you for your great work on the state-of-the-art for music visualisation. You include very cool features. However, it will also take a lot of time to scale the product to a final release (usability, data reduction, …).Fortunatelly, I found a product that includes some of your ideas. So they maybe on the right. Of course, it isn’t also perfect (so I would pay money for that too) but it points into the right direction.
    For more information have a look

  8. Comment by anne

    Posted on April 10, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    anita, really great work! hope we can use it some day …

    some time ago i stumbled upon a similar project from 2007.

    ask for the „prototype“ — it‘s a non interactive kind of video but really good …

    kind regards — anne

  9. Comment by Rasmus

    Posted on May 19, 2009 at 10:13 am

    This program is so impressive! I can’t wait to try it out one day. Good luck with the development. Please add me to the mailing list :)

    Kind regards

  10. Comment by Ryan

    Posted on June 2, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Please add me to your mailing list. I absolutely cannot wait for this to be released, it’s breathtaking. You are brilliant. If I were Steve Jobs, I’d hire you right now and let you run my iTunes department. Thanks for the video, can’t wait to hear about any developments…


  11. Comment by Music Lover

    Posted on June 13, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    it’d be great if myspace or soundclick had this… it’s hard work getting thru it all to find what you like.

  12. Comment by Andrew Harvey

    Posted on June 21, 2009 at 6:44 am

    This is awesome! I hope this is released as open source, if not then I hope something does get released, because this is too good to be missing out on.

  13. Comment by dickon

    Posted on September 2, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Anita, have just stumbled upon your work and love it!

    Please add me to your newsletter / mailling list and when (NOT “if”!) a beta comes along, I’ll be honoured to test it for you. Excellent!

    Just the thing to help dredge through my 35K songlist (which iTunes every now and again seems to corrupt!)

  14. Comment by Stephan

    Posted on September 15, 2009 at 10:26 am

    We’ve just shared this with the team in the office,
    love the visual side of things

    Where did you get the inspiration, really nice

    Electric Ears – Music Iphone apps

  15. Comment by Miss E Sumners

    Posted on October 25, 2009 at 4:39 am

    This is truly brilliant and a must for music collectors, please add me to your list and hope this is available very very soon

  16. Comment by dominic

    Posted on November 18, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    please add me to the mailing list!! thanks!! looking forward to have a copy of your amazing work!!

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    Posted on January 18, 2010 at 2:05 am

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  18. Comment by Zibby

    Posted on February 5, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Has there been any updates on this project? Please add me to your mailing list.

  19. Comment by hush-hush

    Posted on February 8, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Hello, great works !
    it’s amazing. Where is the project now ? You say at the end of 2008 that you may open the source code, can we hope try it some days ? I will love how it works !

  20. Comment by Kerouac

    Posted on April 1, 2010 at 10:28 am

    wow i’m impressed.. This is a huge step in personal music collection management. if u still check this site please add me to the mailinglist. thx!

  21. Comment by musica

    Posted on April 16, 2010 at 6:48 am

    hi, you have a cool blog here. i already bookmarked it. thanks. :)

  22. Comment by Plop

    Posted on March 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Great work! For those who want a functional API, someone has made an extension for SongBird for his similar thesis.

  23. Comment by Douglas

    Posted on March 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    whatever became of this, is it downloadable somewhere, because I would LOVE to try sorting my music this way.

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