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Steven Jonas: Spaced Listening

April 17, 2017

It’s hard for me to like an album the first time I listen to it. I can almost feel some part of my brain reject the music, even from bands I like, because it’s not familiar. However, after a few listens, the album will grow on me and I’ll find myself humming melodies that I…

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Ahnjili Zhuparris: Menstrual Cycles, 50 Cent, and Right Swipes

October 6, 2016

Ahnjili Zhuparris shares her experiment examining the menstrual cycle’s influence on her day-to-day behaviour by using browser plugins to track variations in her interactions with different websites. She discovered interesting changes across several platforms, including how she browsed Facebook, swiped in Tinder, and listened to music on YouTube.

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Tuning My Brain With Music For Reading, Programming, and Archery by Rocio Chongtay

February 2, 2016

In this fascinating talk Rocio Chongtay shares her novel and thoughtfully designed experiments in using music to adjust her concentration and relaxation depending on what she’s doing. Using a consumer EEG device from Neurosky, Rocio tried different types of music while tracking the relaxation and concentration dimensions identified by the Neurosky algorithm. She had experience…

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Tim Ngwena: My Music Listening Habits

October 23, 2014

In 2009 Tim Ngwena switched on Last.fm and he’s been running in across all his devices ever since. Earlier this year he decided to take a deep dive into his listening data to see what he could learn.

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Douglas Mason on Musical Informatics

December 18, 2011

Douglas Mason didn’t know who the Beatles were until he went to grad school. As a classically trained musician, he was blown away when he saw their unique chord choices. He started to investigate why the Beatles’ music sounded so good. Douglas created a shorthand musical notation to represent songs as strings and analyze things…

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Mood and Music

September 9, 2011

A recent meeting of the Amsterdam Quantified Self group saw a talk about health insights gleaned through accidental lifelogging. The speaker (who asked not to be named) has bipolar disorder, and has been using last.fm over the past 7 years to track his music listening and compare it with his friends’ music patterns. He talks about…