and this is my jam

I wish Brian and Tristan and the whole echonest crew the best of success. Beyond dropping the Analysis API on the public last autumn, they’ve finally come out to the public with a real corporate website and a hint of what they do.

The real treat is their this is my jam web application. It’s audio mosaicing made popular and fun. Best of all, it’s let me realise something I’ve dreamt of doing for years upon years:

Bill Withers’ Ain’t No Sunshine has been my personal earworm for about 30 years, back to when I first heard it on AM radio. I rediscovered it late in college, early grad school, and then around 2001, I discovered just how many covers were out there, via a long-forgotten file-sharing protocol. It’s immensely satisfying to have a terse mix of fifteen versions of the song with a couple minutes’ effort.

It would be nice to be able to return to the mix and tweak it a little, without creating another one, but then there’s a rough perfection to it already. It’s also worth noting that the RSS created on each page is also an iTunes-enabled podcast, if you want a way to get the MP3s onto your computer. My feed has already been duly added to my everywhere feed.