Brian Whitman (@bwhitman) will be our keynote speaker on Thursday, June 28th at lunch. Here is a brief description of his talk:
What Computers Talk About When They Talk About Music
It’s great that computers can make sense of music these days – over 200 million people now trust an algorithm they’ve never met to listen to and discover music. It’s also pretty scary: music needs a bit more care than collaborative filtering or automated editorial approaches can give, and before we let Google make mixtapes for our crushes, we should step back and see what the potential of music analysis is and how we can give it more respect.
For the past 10 years I’ve been working on music analysis, first academically and now as the co-founder and CTO of the Echo Nest, a company you’ve never heard of but powers most music experiences you have on the internet today, from Spotify to Clear Channel to MTV. I’ll show how the interaction between listeners and music is being modeled today, where it is amazing and where it falls flat, and more recently how new industries are taking advantage of the platonic “musical taste profile.”
Sponsored by INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS)