Make your favourite songs last forever with The Infinite Jukebox

How many times have you been grooving along to a track you love and it ends far too soon? Your wish for your favourite tracks to last longer comes true with incredible, and slightly mind-boggling, Infinite Jukebox.

The Infinite Jukebox solves the age-old problem of the greatest songs also being the shortest songs – at least that’s how it feels because you never want them to end. It uses The Echo Nest to decompose tracks into individual beats which it analyses and matches to other similar sounding beats in the song, essentially allowing endless loops by skipping seamlessly throughout the song for a never-ending musical experience.

Each song in The Infinite Jukebox is mapped into a detailed song graph which shows each individual beat in a circle with line paths between each matched section. When the track reaches a branch it can then jump to the other part of the song it’s matched to and for the most part you will have no idea the song isn’t just continuing to play. This can carry on, in theory, forever.

The incredible program was created by Paul Lamere, music technologist and blog runner of Music Machinery, at Music Hack Day Boston in 2012. He felt inspired to create it for his weekend hack at the event based on his previous hack the Infinite Gangnam Style which essentially laid the groundwork but used Gangnam Style only. Unfortunately in the years since it was created you can no longer upload your own music to it but there’s a selection of existing songs you can use to exemplify how amazing this build is.

Speaking on it’s creation, Lamere said: “I did have to adapt the Infinite Gangnam Style algorithm for the Infinite Jukebox. Not every song is as self-similar as Psy’s masterpiece, so I have to dynamically adjust the beat-similarity threshold until there are enough pathways in the song graph to make the song infinite. This means that the overall musical quality may vary from song to song depending on the amount of self-similarity in the song.”

Go check it out for yourself and lose yourself in Rock The Casbah or Billie Jean for eternity!

The first music from Mars is out of this world… literally!

Andrew Huang is back at it with another awesome video that breaks new ground for music. This time he has left the atmosphere to create a new track using real sounds from Mars.
If you need inspiration on how to get creative with your samples then there’s no better place than Andrew Huang’s YouTube channel.

Matt Damon got into a fight at Christmas dinner over Weezer

Music fans are some of the most dedicated people in the world and are fiercely loyal to their favourite bands. This festive season Matt Damon got together with some of the Saturday Night Live crew for an early Christmas dinner but things got heated when Weezer entered the conversation.

Clearly Matt Damon is a “ride or die” Weezer fan and won’t take criticism of the band lying down. See how it played out in this hilarious video.

The story behind the festive hit ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’

Shakin’ Stevens has revealed the process that went into making what has become a Christmas classic dusted off every December, the hit ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’.

In an interview with the Guardian Shakin’ Stevens reveals how everything fell into place when he heard the song and felt it needed to be a Christmas song. Speaking to the Guardian Stevens said:

I always thought it would be nice to have a Christmas No 1 – if nobody remembers you for the rest of the year, they’ll remember you at Christmas. Bob Heatlie wrote the song especially for me and I thought it had all the ingredients for a Christmas single: festive lyrics, bells, the lot. I listened to it and I could picture snow.

In those days, pop on TV was mostly kids’ programmes and Top of the Pops, so we made a video at Santaworld in Sweden. The young girl starring in it had won a competition to go to Lapland. My son was one of the kids in the log cabin full of toys. Making it was such fun. The Santa was an actor – you’d see him in the canteen having a cigarette and a sherry and he couldn’t get his ’tache off. Because it wasn’t snowing, we had to hire snow machines. It was the same when I did the video for It’s Raining: we used rain machines and I ended up absolutely soaked.

I thought the song deserved to be No 1 and didn’t want it to be a No 2, but in 1984, Band Aid released Do They Know It’s Christmas? There was no way we could compete with such a high-profile charity single, so we held our song back for a year.

The Radio 1 “sleighlist” – the Christmas playlist – only lasted three weeks then, so you didn’t have long to get to No 1. Merry Christmas Everyone went from 38 to 10, then 2, and then it hit the top spot, by which time the rereleased Band Aid single was at No 3. I’m thrilled that people still play our song every year. It’s nice to be part of Christmas.

Read the full interview including songwriter Bob Heatlie’s side of the tale at the Guardian.

What is the biggest holiday hit of all time… and why?

You can no doubt reel off the names of iconic Christmas songs quicker than your own family names they’re such a big part of every year. But which is the most popular?

Every year we hear the same Christmas songs played over and over for at least a week, more depending on how Christmas mad the people around you are. Spotify have revealed the Christmas song that people love the most, streaming it over and over again every single year.

Mariah Carey’s ridiculously catchy and immediately jingle bell shaking ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is a number one global hit and every year it’s the song that people come to the most for a festive jingle. Spotify have revealed that the 1994 hit is the most streamed song on their services every year as people switch out their favourite tunes new and old for the holiday season.

Sung by Carey the hit was written by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Walter Afanasieff, who’s written for Whitney Houston and Celine Dion too.  Speaking in an interview Afanasieff said that he thought the song would be too basic at first – but in the end that’s what made it a hit. Speaking to ASCAP he says: “The oversimplified melody made it easily palatable for the whole world to go, ‘Oh, I can’t get that out of my head!”

There’s a science behind why All I Want For Christmas Is You is a festive favourite thanks to it’s simplicity. Research by Goldsmith’s University in London discovered why simple songs like Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic do so well. Simple and repetitive songs allow people to emotionally connect with songs without having to try and they stick in our memory more because they’re easier to remember. In addition our brains experience a “cerebral, super satisfying high’ when a melody plays how we would expect it to.

The sounds of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ also features iconic, feelgood festive sounds. Ben Camp, assistant professor of songwriting at Berklee College of Music says: “The song starts with the sound of a glockenspiel, which, for some people, is enough to stir up memories of music boxes and sugarplum fairies and childhood joy.”

According to Spotify’s data the people who stream All I want For Christmas Is You the most are aged between 45-54, which makes sense according to what Professor Camp says. Camp explains: “If you were born anywhere between 1970 and 1980, the song’s going to have been introduced to you at a time in your life when you were the most emotionally susceptible to musical imprint.”

Another critical element of the song’s success, says Afanasieff, is its exceptional relatability. “The genius of Mariah doing a rock ’n’ roll is that she created—probably to this day—the only up-tempo Christmas love song that people like just because of the interchangeability of lyrics,” he says. “Anybody can sing it to anybody. It’s about everybody and it can only mean one thing, from father to child or mother to child or wife to husband, it’s just, all I want for Christmas is you.” And who can’t relate to that?

Get kids grooving with the Top 5 Children’s Christmas songs

Christmas is here and it’s time to get the speakers pumping those festive tunes so we can rock around the Christmas tree. Who enjoys Christmas more than kids?! Get festively moving and grooving with these 5 songs sure to get children excited for the 25th.

Jingle Bells

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Little Snowflake

Christmas Snowman

Christmas I Will Be Good

 

Build up to 2019 with your top 10 tracks of the year on Instagram

2019 isn’t far away after an incredible year of music in 2018. So as we get ready to bring in the New Year in style why not build up to it with your favourite songs of the year on Instagram.

This year Instagram have partnered with a bunch of services this year so you can add Music Stickers to your Instagram Story. Streaming your favourite tracks on Spotify, SoundCloud and others you can now simply share to Instagram and customise the appearance and the track will be displayed on your story for all your friends and fans to see with a link to the full song.

Start sharing your top 10 tracks on your Instagram Story every day from the 21st and you can count down to the New Year in style and share your music highlights of 2018. Label each story with the number counting down to #1 on the first for a fun take on your Top 10 of 2018.

You can even add your own image or photo to accompany the song pick and make it a truly custom top ten list. Simply take the image you want or select it to add to your Instagram Story then tap on the sticker icon in the top right and select the music icon. Then you can search Instagram’s expansive music library for the track you want and select the snippet you want to be played in your Story.

When fans and friends come to watch your story they’ll hear the clip of the track and see a sticker with the artist name and track title so they know exactly what’s been sound-tracking your 2018.

Have a happy Hindi Christmas with these 5 amazing songs

When you think Christmas songs you probably thing Mariah Carey or The Pogues. But if you’re sick of hearing the same songs every December we have you covered with the greatest Hindi Christmas songs. Even if Hindu’s don’t celebrate the holiday, they have some absolutely brilliant renditions of holiday favourites and their own great tunes!

Emmanuel

Merry Christmas To You

Yeshu Paida Hua

Dur Ek Taara Ja Raha Hai

Jingle Bells

Who’s the best rapper with the most words?

Who the greatest rapper is depends on who you ask. But one thing that isn’t subjective is which rappers have the biggest vocabulary and this amazing chart shows it.

Pudding is an amazing site full of engaging and sometimes interactive articles on music from the most emo lyrics of all time, to an interactive page on how Robert Glasper sampled Miles Davis that lets you chop the samples and control the beats. They’ve looked at 85 artists to work out who is the best wordsmith.

To work it out they’ve collected the first 35,000 words each rapper has used which covers around 3-5 albums and EPs and sometimes mixtapes if the word count needed it. Collecting those words together they’ve counted the variety of words used and compared them with each other to see whose making the best use of a thesaurus or who studied Shakespeare’s 28,829 word vocabulary the most.

Most rappers sat somewhere between 4,300 and 5,000 words with famous rappers like Eminem at 4,494 unique words used and Jay-Z who has 4,506 unique words used. Using ‘token analysis’ each form of a word is counted as well, so for Jay-Z ‘pimp’, ‘pimpin’, and ‘pimps’ all count as their own individual word towards vocabulary count. It can’t have been an easy task, working through all of the slang used within hip hop as well as other hurdles that must come along with collecting 35,000 words from 85 people so the list isn’t entirely perfect but it’s an accurate representation.

Aesop Rock tops the list which, to those who know the underground rapper, is probably no surprise. The verbose rapper spits like a dictionary puking all over dark beats and he’s a clear leader with 7,392 unique words used. In second place GZA, measured only by his solo albums and not his work with the Wu, sits almost a thousand words back with 6,426 unique words. DMX sits at the bottom with 3,214 unique words used.

Check out the full breakdown and play with the graph to see who’s the most verbose, how it aligns with the region they’re from, and more and get an incredible insight into the lyrics of the world’s greatest rappers.