Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Data and Music

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Sunday 13th March 2011

  • Finding Music With Pictures: Data Visualization for Discovery

    by Paul Lamere

    With so much music available, finding new music that you like can
    be like finding a needle in a haystack. We need new tools to help
    us to explore the world of music, tools that can help us separate
    the wheat from the chaff.

    In this panel we will look at how visualizations can be used to
    help people explore the music space and discover new, interesting
    music that they will like. We will look at a wide range of
    visualizations, from hand drawn artist maps, to highly interactive,
    immersive 3D environments. We'll explore a number of different
    visualization techniques including graphs, trees, maps, timelines
    and flow diagrams and we'll examine different types of music data
    that can contribute to a visualization.

    Using numerous examples drawn from commercial and research systems
    we'll show how visualizations are being used now to enhance music
    discovery and we'll demonstrate some new visualization techniques
    coming out of the labs that we'll find in tomorrow's music
    discovery applications.

    LEVEL: Advanced

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Sunday 13th March

    In Salon H, Hilton Austin Downtown

Monday 14th March 2011

  • Love, Music & APIs

    by Matthew Ogle and Dave Haynes

    In the old days it was DJs, A&R folks, labels and record store owners that were the gatekeepers to music. Today, we are seeing a new music gatekeeper emerge... the developer. Using open APIs, developers are creating new apps that change how people explore, discover, create and interact with music. But developers can't do it alone. They need data like gig listings, lyrics, recommendation tools and, of course, music! And they need it from reliable, structured and legitimate sources.

    In this presentation we'll discuss and explore what is happening right now in the thriving music developer ecosystem. We'll describe some of the novel APIs that are making this happen and what sort of building blocks are being put into place from a variety of different sources. We'll demonstrate how companies within this ecosystem are working closely together in a spirit of co-operation. Each providing their own pieces to an expanding pool of resources from which developers can play, develop and create new music apps across different mediums - web, mobile, software and hardware. We'll highlight some of the next-generation of music apps that are being created in this thriving ecosystem.

    Finally we'll take a look at how music developers are coming together at events like Music Hack Day, where participants have just 24 hours to build the next generation of music apps. Someone once said, "APIs are the sex organs of software. Data is the DNA." If this is true, then Music Hack Days are orgies.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 14th March

    In Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center