Automatically Create Mashups with Infinite Music

Apr 10, 2017
Music

The development in both hardware and software that has transformed the music landscape continues to revolutionize the music listening experience. From increased portability with Walkman players to MP3s and even instantaneous remixes to songs that can be made with extreme ease, mobile devices coupled with apps have opened up an endless amount of possibilities that can be done with music files.

Although the evolution of the music listening experience is extremely exciting, replaying the same songs from the users library can become dull, hence the introduction of apps inclduing Spotify and Infinite Music which enable the discovery of new songs as well as remixes of existing songs.

Whereas a large aspect of Spotify is to enable its users to discover the playlists created by other listeners, Infinite Music aims to utilize the existing music found on a user’s mobile device to create new mashups and remixes, effectively allowing listeners to “rediscover” their music in a way that they have not heard before. This unique aspect of creating songs is done through several algorithms that are able to determine which parts of various songs flow best together. For example, Infinite Music plays the various songs as a single song by combining different parts of songs that are dynamically similar rather than just randomly combing them together. Through the ability to smoothly sync different songs into one, listeners are able to receive mashups that are similar to those created by professional DJs.

One of the most notable aspects of the app involves activity detection which is able to automatically recognize what users are doing in order to provide a mashup that accurately matches the rhythm of the activity. When walking or resting, for example, Infinite Music would create a remix that has slower beats and tempo whereas running or cycling would create songs which are quicker in nature. By combining songs automatically in unique sequences, listeners are able to avoid the fatigue of listening to the same songs on repeat but are instead exposed to combined versions of their favorite songs. Despite the app utilizing sophisticated algorithms to detect the rhythms within songs, the automation of the mashup creation ensures that the entire process is extremely simple for the user.

Infinite Music aims to utilize the existing music found on a user’s mobile device to create new mashups and remixes, effectively allowing listeners to “rediscover” their music in a way that they have not heard before.

In aggregate, the app is highly unique in nature and provides a service that other apps have not yet been able to replicate. However, as the Infinite Music does automate a significant part of its services, the degree to which the algorithm is able to effectively merge several songs together in a way that is smooth is entirely subjective. This can occur if the app deems that two songs have similar rhythms to combine but the user may regard the songs as quite different. Overall, this issue is one that can arise but is a direct result of process automation, although it is a subjective issue based on individual preference.

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To combine existing songs to form unique remixes, Infinite Music is a perfect solution for automatically creating new mashups to rediscover old tracks. Utilizing complex algorithms to find the optimal time in a song to combine with others, the app acts as a personal DJ to bring together existing songs on a user’s playlist, ensuring that the results are tailored to the preferences and activities of the listener.

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Kevin Chau

Following my passion in the realm of business and entrepreneurship, I am always eager to develop skills that enable me to learn, build, and grow. My previous projects, both academic and personal, reflect my dedication towards expanding and applying my theoretical knowledge for practical results in these fields.

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