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One of the more interesting technologies of late is the recommendation engine. The whole idea is that software analyzes a collection (usually music) and through some sort of sophisticated analysis, recommends new music that the listener should enjoy (based upon music they already own).

The Filter is a variation on that basic idea. Instead of just recommending new things to listen to, it creates new playlists out of your existing music collection. Now, if you’re entire collection is only a few hundred songs this isn’t such a big deal. If you’re like a lot of people (me included) and your collection is several thousand (I’m currently sitting on 12,000+ songs), there’s a lot of stuff that never gets heard.

I finally received my invitation to test the alpha of the Mac version of the Filter client and, so far, am pretty impressed. Yes, it’s buggy (it’s not even a beta, so that’s to be expected). Bugs aside, it works pretty well. After selecting a few songs, I told it to go to work and it, for the most part, chose songs that I liked (there were very few that I had to remove from the playlist).

A few observations about songs it chose:

‘Eminence Front’ by The Who – John Entwistle’s bass sound in this song ROCKS. His sound was normally pretty edgy, but this is just slightly overdriven with a mild flange effect added. Pretty damn cool. I wish he’d used it a little more often.

‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ by The Band – DAMN!!!! One of the best songs EVER written. It’s interesting to hear a song written from the perspective of someone on the losing side of the American Civil War (and it was written by a Canadian no less – craziness).


Written by The Canuck

February 21, 2007 at 4:06 pm

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