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I've recently moved onto some new music information retrieval projects. I moved on from Humtap (wishing them ongoing success!) to MuseAmi in June but unfortunately they made a big strategic pivot in August and downsized the company by a third, myself included. Sad of course, but ultimately start-ups sometimes need to make tough decisions.

Humtap launched

The project I've been working on for the last eight months has now released our first public release. Humtap is a mobile app for collaborative music making. Users collaborate by each recording hums and taps into their mobile phones. These audio recordings are transcribed and become musical avatars. A user can then create a piece of music (currently of the electronica genre) by combining their hum or tap with another user's tap or hum, or with their own tap or hum. Finally, users can also create a new piece of music by combining two other user's hum and tap. The app combines the transcriptions in a musical way and selects the electronic instrumentation.

Contracting

Since March, I am now independently contracting to a number of companies doing music and audio DSP and machine learning. This is a great opportunity for me to work with and advise a number of really great companies, particularly small startups, on commercial applications of audio signal processing, machine learning, information retrieval, cloud infrastructure. You can check my biography for more details.

BreakTweaker released using MediaMined Discover

iZotope today announced BreakTweaker a drum machine and synth DAW plugin incorporating MediaMined Discover for content based searching of its sample libraries. The video demo does not discuss the feature, but you'll see the "Discover" button on the Sample window at 1:40 in the video.

Building a Roland 24 pin guitar synth cable

DIY Connector with GR synths: View of DIY connector, GR-300 and GR-100 in the background.DIY Connector with GR synths: View of DIY connector, GR-300 and GR-100 in the background.

Setting up an Ibanez IMG-2010 Guitar Synth controller

I have the joy of owning an Ibanez IMG-2010 Guitar Synth, which can be had quite cheap on Ebay, yet are excellent quality Steinberger style guitars, and originally sold for quite a princely sum. Wayne Joness' very informative GR-300 site extolls the qualities of this beast in great detail. I'm yet to do the conversion to a DB-25 pin connector and fit the G-202 hex fuzz circuit, but it's planned.

Downgrading Apple Airport Express 802.11g (A1084) firmware

I've had an Apple Airport Express 1st Generation, 802.11g model A1084 since new, c. 2004. This has long been superseded by newer versions, and for sometime it was just doing duty for me as a USB print server, not as a router. However, it seems that there is a bug introduced around v6.2 of the firmware that would cause it to go offline when configured to "join wireless network". Restarting the AE would allow it to run, but it would soon drop off the net. It became particularly troubling as it would become unresponsive almost as soon as it was configured, barely even allowing a single print job to be sent. It's not clear what the cause is or where exactly the bug may lie.

MediaMined video

I'm woefully late in pointing this out, but there is now a video done by Matt Hines and Jay Leboeuf explaining MediaMined.

Retro bike light

I'm a big fan of urban biking, having had the privilege of living in Amsterdam and Paris which are both very bike friendly cities for daily commuting. Returning back to NYC, I got a cast off commuter bike from a neighbour, that after considerable work, I got in working order. Given drivers in NYC are nowhere near as aware of cyclists as European drivers, lights are essential. I fitted the crappy old "Fairway Flyer" with a Dutch magneto (aka "dynamo" although that term is strictly incorrect) generator and 6VAC old school chrome light. In practice, the drag on wheel isn't enough to notice given the entire bike is hardly built for speed.

iZotope hiring MediaMined interns!

If you are a budding music or audio engineering undergraduate student, iZotope is hiring paid interns. The work mostly consists of auditioning our systems.

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