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A Visual Music Search Engine

with a kartoo-like interface

     
10:53 am on Jul 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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[musicplasma.com...]

Generated some interesting cluster-like results for a query on "Britney Spears". Nice tool. Slick interface.

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11:33 am on July 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I really like this :)

Type in your favourite band and see a number of related ones to check out.

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That is very cool, and pretty good search wise, too.

I put in a few obscure artists and it identified the relationships I would expect.

The closer the artists are, musically speaking, the closer to each other they will be displayed on screen. You will be likely to appreciate artists close to the one you selected at first.
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Exceptional site - nice, easy, useful - I damn near bought something!
5:12 pm on July 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hmmmm...... using explorer on xp pro, I get content out of my browser (unseen) without scroll bars¿
5:20 pm on July 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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> I get content out of my browser (unseen) without scroll bars

same here, are you on a 800x600 screen resolution too? ;)

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Pretty neat. Nice design.

I get content out of my browser (unseen) without scroll bars

It's Flash people.

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I get content out of my browser (unseen) without scroll bars¿

You can click on an area of the screen to re-center on that area as a sort of navigation (like on map websites).

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It is just like Yahoo maps or map quest just click the direction you want to go and it will move there. I like it.
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I love these things.

There's another one out there like this that has more bands if I remember correctly - I'll see if I can track down the link.

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Gosh I hate it. I must be a freak....
7:56 pm on July 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Junk. Pure junk.
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nuts and troels, what is it that you don't like about it? Is it not accurate? Do you not like the presentation/interface?
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Yes - curious as to why someone would hate this...

I find it to be really interesting..

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Forget it. If this search engine suits your needs you should not worry about my opinion. Sorry for having allowed my arrogance to show. I normally manage to avoid that.
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i like.

shows the realtionships id expect and some things i might try...

it would be nice to plug it in to dowloadable tracks - e.g. itunes.

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No, troels, we're curious! Let's discuss this - it seems that more and more engines are going down the graphical interface path.

Please, let us know what do you dislike about it.

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So I wonder what other types of things these affinity type search engines would work for.

We already see them for Web sites (e.g. I like www.mysite.com, show me other sites i might like), and they exist for movies, music, and movies in some capacity, whether it be through Amazon-type 'people who bought this, also bought that' type services, or visual interfaces like musicplasma.

I guess it could work for other 'taste' type things like Web design, apparel, restaurants, etc., right?

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I love it! Another way to find some cool music that I might otherwise never hear about.

No results for Front End Loader though :-(

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Very Interesting.

I typed in an old band from the 70's and it brought up related bands and suprised me with what it found.

I was also tempted to buy a cd from a band I have not listened to for ages. Although this looks a bit like a graphical "toy" (not in a demeaning sense) it delivered what I wanted and put the right products in front of me.

COOL!

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troels, I agree with Jake ;)

You gotta tell man, so we have something to actually converse about instead of letting this thread get boring and transform into a "review" thread (you know, all people say is "I like it!" which gets pretty boring IMHO because it is already said about 100 times before) and I'm curious too :)

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That is just like [visualthesaurus.com...]
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hey it is too! Both generate the same kind of diagrams but one is on music, and the other is on synonyms/thesaurus, one is in flash while the other is in Java - what lovely niches!

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whether it be through Amazon-type 'people who bought this, also bought that' type services, or visual interfaces like musicplasma

It looks like the associations in musicplasma are generated by amazon associations....

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Lets hope they don't try to get it into Yahoo's PFI/PFC - surely such a innovative site would be rejected under almost every one of their 'terms of inclusion' :)
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unbelieveable