Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Soundtorch - Turing sound/music browsing on its ear...



Audio browsing redefined

Soundtorch lets you browse through your audio collection extremely fast. Just drag your audio files onto the Soundtorch view ― all sounds are immediately arranged in a meaningful way and ready to be auditioned. Soundtorch is driven by the C.A.S.E. (Computer Aided Sound Exploration) engine, a sophisticated suite of algorithms that analyze and intelligently classify your audio collection.

With Soundtorch you can listen to sounds using a virtual torchlight ― all sounds illuminated by the light are played back simultaneously. This allows you to get an overview of literally thousands of sound files in a matter of mere minutes. As you zoom in or focus the light beam, you can still listen to one sound at a time.

Even though Soundtorch plays so many sounds at once, there's no cacophony. Your mind is powerful enough to easily spot the sound you like. Soundtorch further positions each playing sound on a surround system, or uses advanced surround virtualization when listening with headphones.


Check out the video then come back...

It's that pretty awesome? What a cool way to explore and discover music. And the fact that it's reportedly written with XNA is also pretty cool too.  :)

(via reddit/r/xna - Audio Search Engine, written in XNA)

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