Tuesday, September 25, 2007

ISMIR 2007

Creative Commons Co-Founder, Mike Carroll delivers his keynote presentation at ISMIR 2007, the 8th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval in Vienna, Austria.

An ISMIR 2007 photo gallery is available via Flickr.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Jamendo Goes Platinum!

Congratulations to the Jamendo team for reaching P2P platinum with their 1,000,000th BitTorrent download today!

The Owl team appreciates your commitment to the worldwide music community and we share your enthusiasm for using technology and creativity to help expose the music-loving world to thousands of emerging artists from all over the globe—like Maya de Luna and La Petite Mort whom I just discovered (and downloaded legally!) this afternoon using The Spiral.

We value your partnership and look forward to working closely with all of you as you push toward P2P plutonium—1 BILLION downloads!

—Dave and the rest of the Owl development team

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

More Jamendo!

More music today! We've just added about 6,000 new Jamendo tracks, bringing the Owl music search inventory to about 80,000 tracks in total.

Of the new tracks, one of my favorites is Giac & Juan's Sur les ailes d'un ange from their album Doux Réveil. This is a quiet, instrumental piece; something you might hear on Echoes.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Search Owl from iTunes

Hey Boppers,

Just thought I'd share with all of you a small AppleScript I wrote which enables you to search for music on the Owl Multimedia website directly from your iTunes application (sorry, it's Mac-only, see below). It's easy to download, easy to install, and easy to use.

(Unfortunately for our Windows using fans, my programming skills are limited to web-based languages, VCRs, and AppleScript. If any of you have experience building Active X components and interest in empowering your PC brothers and brotherettes, feel free to contact me about writing a similar Owl Music Search plug-in for iTunes for Windows.)

Oh, and in case iTunes isn't your music app of choice or you just like to tinker, the AppleScript is released uncompiled under GNU GPL, so feel free to improve on it and share it as you see fit. Let us know if you develop anything interesting and we'll post it here for everyone to share.

Download the .zip archive which contains the script and the corresponding READ ME file. Double-click the archive icon to unzip the contents.

To activate the script, simply place the file named "Search Owl Multimedia" in your iTunes Scripts folder. This folder is located inside of the /Users/YOUR USERNAME HERE/Library/iTunes directory. If there is no folder named "Scripts" in the folder, create one, and then copy the script file into it.

Voila! The script will now appear as "Search Owl Multimedia" in the AppleScript menu of your iTunes application.

Launch the iTunes application and play a song from your music library. Listen to the song or scan it to find your favorite part. When you find a part that interests you, select "Search Owl Multimedia" from the AppleScript menu.

If no track is playing, the script will search using the currently selected track in your library. If no track is selected, you will receive an error message. Select a song and try again.

The script will direct your default web browser to the Owl Multimedia website and perform a search based on your selection. You can further refine your search using the search player in the browser.

Browse the results and enjoy scores of similar songs!

NOTE: The site currently requires that all song files be valid mp3 audio files encoded at a sample rate of 44.100 kHz. If the song you have selected is encoded in another format (OGG Vorbis, WAV, AAC, etc.) or at another sample rate (22.050 kHz, 16.000 kHz, etc.), you will receive an error message. Select another song and try again.


Monday, January 22, 2007

New content - Jamendo

We've added over 10,000 tracks from Jamendo to our music search engine, so you should see even more variety in your search results today. A big thanks goes to Sylvain Zimmer and team for their cooperation and patience in the effort!

I'm just starting to sample the Jamendo menu of artists. My favorites at the moment are Alias Motel and Mon coté Manouche. You can search for Mon coté Manouche, Alias Motel, and more via the Creative Commons Search Engine, or come directly to Owl Music Search to "find music through music"™.