02 April 2006

Musical barcode?

suppose you wanted
to scan, by eye
100 songs you'd never heard

looking for ones you might like

so you'd need a way to represent
their Pandora-style 'musical DNA'
as patterns of color

like: a rectangle
that's longer if the song is longer

that has a pink stripe
where there's female vocals
blue for male
lightcolored for sweetvocals
dark for harsh

closespaced vertical stripes
for fast-beat parts
wide for slow

subtle rhythms
distinguished, somehow
from ordinary ones

some kind of repeating symbol
for looping sequences

something messy for glitchy

primary colors for ordinary harmonies
bluesy colors for bluesy harmonies
subtle for subtle...?