ArtistX Offers Astounding View of Any Band

March 18, 2013

The Echo Nest director of developer community Paul Lamere put together a nice new app called ArtistX over the weekend. Enter any band name, and his creation, which runs on The Echo Nest’s data, presents you with graphs and other science sure to amaze and amuse. Oh, and it also lets you listen to everything on Rdio.

This is a guest post from Paul’s Music Machinery blog:

There’s no hackathon this weekend, but that’s no excuse not to write some code. I’ve been wanting to experiment with amcharts, a Javascript charting package so I wrote a web app that shows lots of charts and graphs for artists.  The app is ArtistX. It is an artist explorer that lets you look at all of the Echo Nest song parameters for any artist. For instance, you can look at the Energy Distribution of songs by Weezer:

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You can look at the tempo distribution of songs by The Rolling Stones:

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Or you can look at scatter plots that show 4 attributes at once (X, Y, size and color). Here’s a plot of all of Muse’s songs showing the energy, loudness, hotttnesss and liveness:

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You can interact with the plots – click on a bar or point in a plot to listen to songs (via Rdio).

The app lets you explore across 11 different song parameters: energy, loudness, danceability, liveness, speechiness, hotttnesss, tempo, duration, key, time signature and mode.

You can use the app to find all sorts of interesting things. Want to listen all the stage patter for an artist?  Create scatter plot for the artist with liveness and speechiness as the X, Y parameters. The songs in the upper right-hand corner of the plot will be the ones you are looking for. Try it with an artist like Elvis Presley or Dean Martin.

Give the app a spin here: ArtistX. The source is at github/echonest/ArtistX