Authors: Jesper Steen Andersen
Conference: 4TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON COGNITIVE INFORMATION PROCESSING
Abstract: This paper sums up the preliminary observations and challenges encountered during my first engaging with the music intelligence company Echo Nest’s automatically derived data of more than 35 million songs. The overall purpose is to investigate whether musicologists can draw benefit from Echo Nest’s API, and to explore what practical and analytical considerations one should take into account when engaging with the numbers derived from the Echo Nest API. This paper suggests that the Echo Nest API hold a large potential of doing new types of analyses and visualizing the results. But it concurrently argues that a careful and critical approach is requisite, when interpreting the results.