Monday, July 30, 2007

Music Search and Discovery on the Internet

A list of free music search and discovery websites on the internet, please feel free to add your own in the comment box:
  • AMG Tapestry - Generate playlists based on descriptive keywords.
  • AOL Radio - Large number of radio stations.
  • Critical Metrics - Collects music recommended by various popular music websites and magazines.
  • Deezer -
  • Epitonic - Music discovery with playlists guided by Epitonic's editors.
  • The Hypemachine - Collects mp3's from popular music blogs. Music is usually downloadable through the blogs.
  • LastFm - The most well known social-networking based music discovery site.
  • Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music - Music discover in its purist state, you can peruse through a thorough list of electronic music sub-genres.
  • iLike - Another social-networking based music discovery website.
  • Live365 - Listen to user generated radio stations. This service is free, though a paid subscription gives you access to add-free content.
  • LivePlasma - Search based on artist similarity. Innovative visualization of results as a map.
  • Magnatune - Listen to unlicensed music.
  • Mercora - become a Mercora DJ and stream your playlists to others.
  • Mog - Another social-networking based recommendation website with a focus on user generated recommendation blogs.
  • Musicmesh - meshes online audio tracks with videos from You Tube.
  • Musicmobs - music discovery based on user generated playlists.
  • Musicovery - An innovative user interface allows music discovery based on mood, and dancability.
  • MusicStrands - music recommendation based on your music collection.
  • Pandora - Songs are labeled by musicologists to generate high quality playlists based on artist similarity.
  • Project Opus - supporting local and independent artists
  • Project Playlist -
  • - collects mp3s from the web and allows you to generate playlists which you can post to your website.
  • Rhapsody - Free version offers limited access to Rhapsody's library of music.
  • - huge collection of dj sets (electronic music). [Thanks to Phil]
  • SeeqPod - Search for media on the web and store it in personalized playlists.
  • Shoutcast - Listen to hundreds of free radio stations.
  • SkreemR - Search for downloadable audio files on the net.
  • Slacker - Seems to focus on streaming mainstream music.
  • SomaFM - Listen to add-free radio stations generated by professional deejays. Emphasis on indie and electronic music.
  • Stage.FM - Discover independent (unsigned) bands.
  • - music recommendation based on users music collections.
  • Yahoo Music - Search for artist info, music and videos. Does not support Firefox.

Artist information websites that do not offer playable search results:
  • Discogs - A site with discographies of all labels, all artists, all cross-referenced, Generated from users.
  • MusicBrainz! - Search MP3 meta-data.
  • AMG (All Music Guide) - Search for artist information and artist reviews.
Other music related websites
  • Amie Street - cheap music downloads. Prices vary with popularity. You can get a download for as cheap as 20 cents.
  • Rap Space - Focuses on the rap and hip-hop communities
  • Reverb Nation
  • Splice Music - make your own music with an online sequencer.
  • YourSpins - remix tracks and share popular tracks
  • MusicHawk -social networking site centered on music fans.
Links to other lists like this:

Sunday, July 08, 2007


Found an interesting experiment on the web, Scholarpedia. In essence its Wikipedia written by experts. It seems to be in its initial state but it looks promising with Encyclopedias of Computational Neuroscience, Dynamical Systems, and Computational Intelligence already in progress.

The following is from the Scholarpedia website.

Scholarpedia feels and looks like Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Indeed, both are powered by the same program - MediaWiki. Both allow visitors to review and modify articles simply by clicking on the edit this article link.

However, Scholarpedia differs from Wikipedia in some very important ways:

  • Each article is written by an expert (invited or elected by the public).
  • Each article is anonymously peer reviewed to ensure accurate and reliable information.
  • Each article has a curator - typically its author -- who is responsible for its content.
  • Any modification of the article needs to be approved by the curator before it appears in the final, approved version.

Herein also lies the greatest differences between Scholarpedia and traditional print media: while the initial authorship and review processes are similar to a print journal, articles in Scholarpedia are not frozen and outdated, but dynamic, subject to an ongoing process of improvement moderated by their curators. This allows Scholarpedia to be up-to-date, yet maintain the highest quality of content.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Summer Costume Festivities around San Diego Comic-Con: Zombie Walk, X-Sanguin VI, and the Labyrinth of Jareth

A list of costumed festivities going on around San Diego Comic-Con time.

Zombie Walk - San Diego is taking place Friday, July 27 on Comic-Con Weekend. Sounds like its gonna be fun.

The Labyrith of Jareth on July 13th and 14th.

X-Sanguin VI : The Damocles Protocol on Sat. July 28th on Comic-Con weekend. (Tickets are selling out fast)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Independence Day

Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in this history of mankind.

Mankind -- that word should have new meaning for all of us today.

We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore.

We will be united in our common interests.

Perhaps its fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom, not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution -- but from annihilation.

We're fighting for our right to live, to exist.

And should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:

"We will not go quietly into the night!

We will not vanish without a fight!

We're going to live on!

We're going to survive!"

Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!