SpectralMind software allows you to represent your music library visually to view, recommend search or annotate based on analysis of the actual sound. There are some great use cases on their website and could help make our collections of audio more accessible.
There was a good deal of discussion on the Duke Digital Media Community list serve about using music with our various video projects. Fair use may not be applicable to non-academic uses so I got some information about various music libraries… and there a lot of them. Almost all of them were VERY interested in speaking with us about a Duke wide side license which would essentially allow us to use a library of music royalty free, for non-commercial use. I’ve gathered the information on the companies I’ve spoken with below. If this is something that is of further interest to the community, I’d be happy to help organize a group to research in a library for use at Duke. Since music is so subjective, I can imagine this will be a challenging process.
I even through one company that can do sound effects too.
Both are designed for a new type of “music” for those without the ability to hear. They determined since music and sound in general was vibration, why not create music that can be sensed by other vibration senses without using your ears. As a former music major, I really appreciate this approach as music really is a collection of rhythms and tones are really just different frequencies. It was interesting to hear them talk about trying to create different emotions using this new set of tools.
While the Vibrochord emulated a more traditional piano like interface to make this new type of music, the Emoti-Chair used the XBOX Kinect as the interface to control the frequencies sent to the chair.