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musical voyeurism

by anders pearson Mon 11 Apr 2005 00:04:09

i've been using mpd as my music player lately. it's a neat little program; very minimalist but it does a good job with my music library and is a lot less flakey than yammi has been lately.

mpd doesn't really keep track of the songs you've played though. i really like archiving that kind of data for some reason. i have to keep my packrat tendencies under control when it comes to physical stuff since my apartment would fill up, but with data, i figure disk space is cheap. so if there's any chance i might someday find it useful, i try to figure out how to put it in a database.

so, a couple lines of python later, i had a little script that would detect song changes and fire off an http request with the info.

with the help of subway and a few more lines of python, i had a nice web interface to the database of what songs i'd listened to when. it's open to the public too; the curious can check out the last 50 songs i've listened to updated in real time.

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Crazy! You should do that with all your media. Then we'd know if you preferred midget porn or animal porn more. Ha Haaaa! Anders... Porn... Two words that sound silly in the same sentence. Although, you a tall dude. I bet you could get into the bizz.

um...don't you usually randomize your collection? i mean, what else could explain yo-yo ma and dropkick murphys being played three songs apart. i guess i just can't appreciate what archiving what you are listening will do. although, maybe you could try to use it as a device to jog your memory and since it's random that'll work to your advantage. but if you're going to do that, i think you should incorporate a scent layer of memory coding. because scents are supposed to last the longest in terms of memory.

oh my god. i have a brilliant new study technique. maybe i can code smells to memorizing pages or to lectures. then, i could put a different scent on each finger to jog my memory during the test. the only problem is i don't know if memories are connected that way...like can visual memories be connected to a smell memory. you must be able to do it to a certain extent. quick, everyone think of a smell and what do you see? the funny part is that i would spend the hour and a half in the test sniffing my fingers!

quick, someone who has extra time, do some research and find out if this can be used as a memory device. damn i wish my pre-med undergraduate were here. she would know...

yeah, i usually just randomize, but not always. the randomization actually is one of the reasons i want a history. my music collection is big enough that i can't really remember everything in it. so sometimes i'll be listening on random and there'll be a really good song but i can't remember who it's by or which album it's off, etc. if i don't get over to the computer before the song's finished, i wouldn't be able to figure out what the song was.

i also don't always randomize. so i may be able to pull out more useful trend info from that.

ok, so i forgot about the short term benefits of having a playlist. i'm a dirty iTunes user...i start with a playlist.

They must be connected. I think we see this the most in dreams, and how they can be more lucid by our surroundings. You wake to find a song playing on the radio that was playing on a radio in your dream, or maybe you were singing it in a concert in your dream. You wake to the smell of something burning, from a dream where something was on fire. My friends tell me this happens to them all the time. It definately happens to me.

Also, there are certain scents that completely visualize a memory for me. It has been so long since I've even seen one of my ex-girlfriends - about five years - and even longer since we started dating, and even longer since she wore a certain perfume. It's a rare one, but every time I smell it, I can picture her completely - not just face, but body structure, clothing, hairstyle... I can even feel the air around me from that day on the bleechers. So yes, as far as I have read, heard, and experienced first-hand, smell can evoke other parts of memory.

wow...you had me so wrapped up in the moment, i nearly skipped the part about the bleachers.

yeah, some visual aspect associated with smell memory are very clear...like remembering a person. i wonder though if smell can help you remember things that are associated to more logic and processing or if it can only help you recall an experience. if i light a candle that smells like rosemary while i study and train myself a with a couple whiffs, will i remember what i felt like or the light in the room or the page i was on or will i actually remember what was on the page and how it relates to everything else i am learning.


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