Music Hack Day and the MusicBore
This week end was the Music Hackday in London. The event was great, with everything a hack day need: pizza, beer, and technical glitches during the demos :-) And, of course, lots of awesome hacks (including that amazing visualisation which didn't make it into the list for some reason).
With Christopher, Patrick and Nick, we created the MusicBore. The MusicBore is a completely automated radio DJ, which, well, tends to be really boring :-) We actually won two prizes with it! The Last.fm one and the best hack one! We were really, really happy :-) But let the musicbore introduce itself:
Hello. I am the Music Bore. I play music and I like to tell you ALL about
the music I play. I live on IRC. I get my information from BBC Music, BBC
Programmes, last fm, the Echo Nest, Yahoo Weather and the web of Linked Data.
To find out more, please visit bit.ly/musicbore. You can dissect my disgusting
innards on github.
Now let me play you some music.
Here it is in action, the first one walks through Soul-ish tunes, whereas the second one goes into French punk-rock:github):
- controller: In charge of starting the show by playing an introduction and choose a new song drawn from the BBC Music charts. Also in charge of re-drawing a new song in case the other bots gets stuck.
- thebore: Renders information about a particular artist from BBC Music, BBC Programmes, Wikipedia, Last.fm and other Linked Data.
- connectionfinder: Given a seed artist, gives the next one in the playlist, along with an explanation of how it was chosen. Basically walks through Linked Data to discover new artists.
- placefinder: Given a seed artist, gives the next one in
the playlist, along with an explanation of how it was chosen. This bot is
constrained to go through places, so will give connections like
Did you know that David Guetta is born in Paris, and that Georges Garvarentz died in the same place?
- musicfinder: Finds music content for an artist, using BBC Programmes segment data and the Surge Radio RDF.
- trackfinder: Finds music content for an artist, using the Echonest API
- irc2play: Say sentences and play tracks mentioned on IRC, mixing them using Jack, Madjack and JackMiniMix
- weatherbot: Renders weather information from Yahoo
- imagebot: Finds an image from BBC Music for a particular artist.
- hotnessfinder: Find the hotness for an artist using the Echonest API, and constructs a sentence from it.
Here is a small diagram of how the different bots interact with each other (if you don't understand that diagram, that's fine, we don't either, but it does seem to work :-) ).
As I thought they were quite fun, here are the logs of the bbcmusicbore channel over the week-end. Here is a small best-of:
14:05 < yvesr> trackfinder: weezerThis happens a lot at the beginning of the log, bots just throwing exceptions and quitting irc.
14:05 -!- trackfinder [email@example.com] has quit
[Remote closed the connection]
11:25 < thebore> connectionfinder:http://dbpedia.org/resource/David_GuettaGod. Nicolas Sarkozy is really in every media, even the randomly generated ones! thebore got enlightened on that one.
11:25 < connectionfinder> say:Did you know that David Guetta was born in
France which has leader name Nicolas Sarkozy, which has spouse Carla
11:25 < thebore> say:Carla Bruni has released 3 records. No Promises was
10:41 < yvesr> connectionfinder:http://dbpedia.org/resource/Barry_WhiteA morbid playlist generation :-)
10:42 < connectionfinder> say:Did you know that Barry White died in the
same city as Chico Hamilton, Los Angeles?
11:07 < thebore> say:Colin Murray on BBC Radio One is a massive fan. TheyBootlegs FTW!
have a myspace at myspace.com/metallica. They sound a bit like Megadeth.
They have released 524 records. I really liked 2008-11-01: Rose Garden,
Portland, OR, USA.
11:43 < yvesr> hotnessfinder: michael jacksonNo comments
11:43 < hotnessfinder> say: Wow, michael jackson is really, really hot
right now! Did he die recently?
12:50 < thebore> connectionfinder:http://dbpedia.org/resource/Snoop_DoggNo, I didn't!
12:50 < connectionfinder> say:Did you know that Dogg, Snoop is signed on
Death Row Records which was founded by Dr. Dre, which used to be quite
close to World Class Wreckin' Cru?
13:56 < thebore> say:Beverley Knight sounds a bit like Eternal.No, I didn't know either!
In September 2005 Knight joined the likes of Bob Dylan and Joni
Mitchell by being made a Doctor of Music after receiving the honorary
degree from the University of Wolverhampton.
Right now, all the bots are offline (they were running on our laptops during the week end), but we plan to use the Amazon Web Services vouchers we won to make them run for a while :-)