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Internet, meet Clio

Streaming music may never be the same

While I was in Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest, I was able to talk with Greg Wilder and Alison Conard of Orpheus Media Research. They are touting a service with an April launch called Clio that they feel will revolutionize music listening (its predecessor, Myna, is live now). It’s a computer program that listens to music and categorizes it by its qualities. Doesn’t sound that cool? Wait for it.

Ever heard of the Music Genome Project?

It’s the thing that powers Pandora: dozens and dozens of people sitting around, listening to music, and categorizing it by approximately 400 unique qualities. Each song in MGP can take up to 20 minutes to be organized. Because of this laborious process, Pandora has only about 800,000 tunes in its catalog.

Clio automates the process.
 
“The analysis time that the computer takes to actually listen to a piece of music is around one to two seconds,” said Wilder, founder and chief science officer.

A three-to-five minute pop track takes literally the length of a snap to process. This means it categorizes tens of millions of tracks at a time.

Repeat: tens of millions of tracks at a time.

Um, wow.

What does this mean? Well, they want to partner with existing services and use Clio to power everything. And by everything, I mean any way that people find music: iTunes Genius, Rhapsody, Amazon, MOG, Pandora and Last.fm are all entities who could benefit from this.

The company is already working in television and movie music, as the screen often demands a song with a very specific mood. If the music director of a production company has a track with the right mood in mind, he or she can plug it into Clio, which will match it to other songs that sound like it in the Vanacore music library, a current partner of Clio. The program then produces a playlist of tracks that sound similar and are available for use.

But Clio’s library isn’t going to only hold production music, or even major-label music. Clio was started by two indie musicians, and they want to help out independent artists. They have plans to partner with companies like ReverbNation and Bandcamp to make large quantities of indie music accessible to Clio, too. That means when the music director puts in one tune he likes — say, a number from post-rock instrumental act Maserati — it will spit out an entire suggested soundtrack — perhaps something by Explosions in the Sky, something by The Non (pictured).  

“That will help independent artists stand right next to established artists based on the quality of their music,” Wilder said.

People who haven’t played a single show could be queued up over U2, as long as their contribution sounds more like the chosen starting song than “Where the Streets Have No Name.” When Clio powers your listening portal of choice, you’ll easily be able to find new things you actually want to hear.

With the processing power that Clio has (remember: tens of millions of songs at a time), it is not an overstatement when the founders compare their endeavor to a musical Google. Clio has the ability to categorize almost every piece of music ever written and make it streamable to you.

Again, wow.

Streaming music may never be the same.

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While you’re here, grab these MP3s:

“Lower Away (Unplugged)” — Sunshine Factory. Surprisingly mellow and graceful piano piece.
“Big Sick” — Big Pauper. I guess you don’t need guitars for druggy psych anymore.
“How Does It Feel to Be in Love?” — The Bynars. Probably something like this power-pop gleefest.

by Stephen Carradini 03.25.2011 3 years ago
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Midwest movies

‘How to’ see free flicks outdoors this summer.

Midwest City, home to Hollywood’s brightest stars!

Well, every Sunday night through Aug. 12, that is. Thanks to the Midwest City Parks and Recreation Department, the community now has Sunset Cinema, a free, outdoor movie series to call its own, beginning 20 minutes after the sun slowly dips below the horizon, like a lover waving goodbye.

While the series began last night with The Muppets, plenty of other titles await your blankets and lawn chairs at Charles J. Johnson Central Park Town Center, 7209 S.E. 29th.

• June 10, Puss in Boots
• June 17, Top Gun
• June 24, How to Train Your Dragon
• July 1, Despicable Me
• July 8, Megamind
• July 15, Madagascar
• July 22, Cars
• July 29, Secretariat
• Aug. 5, Gnomeo & Juliet
• Aug. 12, Grease

Fun fact: Two of those selections star America’s most famous Scientologists. For more information, call 739-1293 or visit midwestcityok.org/sunset-cinemas. —Rod Lott


by Rod Lott 06.04.2012 2 years ago
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Breast intentions

When Kelly Brinkmeyer creates art, she simply reaches for her chest.


Visual Arts

Mia Cantu
The B.I.G. Event
4-6 p.m. Thursday
The Gold Dome
1112 N.W. 23rd
thebigeventokc.com
free
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ellis county

Bricktown is sure to sound saucier with ace guitarist Tinsley Ellis headlining its annual Blues & BBQ Festival.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Bricktown Blues & BBQ Festival
Friday-Saturday
Sheridan and Oklahoma avenues, Bricktown
bricktownokc.com
236-4143
free
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

No slowing this Mustang down

OKC-based brewer celebrates third anniversary with ‘Hops and Hell’ event.


Food and Drink Features

Gazette staff
In celebration of its third anniversary, Oklahoma City-based Mustang Brewing Company will host the Razing Hops and Hell tour, promising “great music and great beer.”
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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Dead alive

And you need not take a road trip or forego showering.

Attention, Grateful Dead fans! Yes, you, with the VW van and the closet full of bootleg tapes!

Just a few hours from now — 7 p.m. to be exact — Jerry Garcia’s would-be 70th birthday will be recognized at two local theaters with a rare screening of the 1977 concert film The Grateful Dead Movie. This one-night-only event will be shown at Cinemark Tinseltown, 6001 N. Martin Luther King, and the Hollywood Spotlight 14, 1100 N. Interstate Drive in Norman.

Being a presentation of Fathom Events, there’s more to it than just the flick of the classic rock band at work. Bob Weir and other surprise guests join for a “special birthday commemoration” for Garcia, who died in 1995.

For more information, visit fathomevents.com. —Rod Lott





by Rod Lott 08.01.2012 2 years ago
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Greetin’ Keaton

Four-time Academy Award nominee Diane Keaton is headed to the Civic Center.

Well, la-di-dah, la-di-dah: Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton — star of such classics as Annie Hall, The Godfather trilogy and Reds — is coming to Oklahoma City. Next month, she’ll serve as the keynote speaker at Integris Health’s 26th annual Women’s Health Forum.

According to a press release, Keaton “will reveal how to be fearless.” (My educated-guess answer: Have millions of dollars to fall back on.)

The event is free, but reservations are required, at 951-2277, and you know this will fill up fast. Her speech is slated for 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:
Annie Hall Blu-ray review    

by Rod Lott 08.03.2012 2 years ago
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Gazette’s Halloween Parade set for Oct. 27

Sixth annual parade celebrating creativity and artistry rolls through Midtown and Automobile Alley.


News

Gazette staff
On Saturday, Oct. 27, Gazette’s Halloween Parade again marches through Midtown and Automobile Alley celebrating artistry and creativity. This year’s parade will feature 53 entries.
 
Monday, October 8, 2012

Knight watch

Batman soars into Oklahoma City to deliver a little BAM! POW! OOF! in an action-packed, effects-laden stage show.


Performing Arts

Rod Lott
Batman Live
7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday
Chesapeake Energy Arena
100 W. Reno
chesapeakearena.com
800-745-3000
$19.50-$69.50
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

’Van go

The Halloween season is the perfect time to sample Caravan of Thieves’ potent brew of gypsy-swing jazz.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Caravan of Thieves
8 p.m. Wednesday
The Blue Door
2805 N. McKinley
bluedoorokc.com
524-0738
$10-$15
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
 
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