a new method of searching music by its acoustic content & context, such as: lyrics, musical theme, melody, tempo, rhythm, & instrumentation. one visualization features data from a collection of about 5000 songs, & displays the "acoustic distance" among these songs of different genres as plotted on a 3D grid. songs that sound similar are positioned near to one another. the visualization can be used to browse a music collection as well as to generate playlists be finding a path through the music space.
see also visual jazz improvisation & music animation machine.