Archive for the ‘Stylometrics’ Category

Jobs of the future

Jobs of the future. A list that panders rather too heavily, for my taste, to the affluent eco-worrier / health faddist / quack psychotherapist (‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapist’, blugh) brigade. But here are the new job possibilities that I found most interesting… Rewilder (Undoes environmental damage, removes fences, repairs ecosystems, genetically recreates extinct species etc) Nostalgist […]

Birmingham in bpm

The speed of Birmingham is 120bpm.

Aesthetic Quality Inference Engine

Back in November 2005 I blogged on D’log… “Future amateur photographers may be able to download a “Cartier-Bresson module” for their “Hot or Not? v1.0″³ Photoshop plug-in, giving their image a “1-to-10″³ aesthetic judgement when compared to a database of the compositions and dark-light spacings of Cartier-Bresson’s best pictures. As Cartier-Bresson once said of photography: […]


The new MT9 file-format sounds very fab. Don’t like the cliched/whiny vocals on an MP3 track? Turn them off with the flick of a button. “A new file format that offers separate volume controls for each musical instrument, such as guitar, drum, base and voice, is being considered as a new Internet standard. The new […]

IBM Many Eyes

I recently gave a lecture on creative possibilities in data visualisation at the tera-scale, so it’s nice to find IBM’s Many Eyes — a personalised ‘social’ data visualization site I hadn’t seen before. It seems aimed at (eventually) tapping into social tagging and social networks to refine visualisations of smaller data sets (less than 1 […]


NewsVisual gives you a visual map of the known interests / ownerships / partnerships that sit under the surface of a major news story… It sounds like the maps are generated automatically passing a group of news reports through IntellectSpace, although I’d imagine they’re then fact-checked / tweaked by hand for legal reasons. At a […]


Wefeelfine now includes the West Midlands… ‘We Feel Fine’ is an ’emotion map’ of recent postings from genuine weblogs (it seems to filter out the splogopshere, probably because it’s made by one of Google’s top people), detecting English keywords and phrases associated with certain emotions and feelings, and then plotting these into ‘clouds’ where similar […]

500 years of beauty

Nice use of consumer morphing software, 500 years of female beauty in western art…

Eye eye

Visual artists really do look at pictures differently…

Chord Geometries

Chord Geometries v1.1, a free stylometrics and music visualisation tool from an MIT researcher. Visualise the extent to which your music conforms to the “ideal” chord progressions and spacings that people find it most enjoyable to listen to.

Google Score

This is not something I’d use, but it seems a rather a useful and wonderful creative app. PhotoScore scans the musical score from printed sheet-music, recognises it, and can play it back as music or export the notes to other software. I predict a “Google Score” search-engine in future years, as an adjunct to Google […]

Clouds make nerds look good

Want to get into a good university, and have a good academic record? Go for the interview on a cloudy day, says new research… “changes in cloudcover can increase a [bright and academic] candidate’s predicted probability of [university] admission by an average of up to 11.9%” … and all potential students visiting a university campus […]

The sound of paintings

The sound of paintings…

Design & Emotion

Design & Emotion 2006, happening at the end of September in Sweden.


A while ago I blogged about the possibility that in future ‘stylometry‘ software could award your latest photograph a score from 1-to-10, based on how closely your composition resembled the ‘visual signature’ of a master photographer. Now, someone’s developed something very similar that works for music, or so they say (it’s not available for download, although doubtless there will be clones soon). They say… […]

Depth-of-field adjustment via software

Field day: Stanford University are developing

Faces in the gallery

Faces in a gallery: Future Face is a major exhibition now on at The Science Museum. It surveys a variety of emerging themes, including medical reconstruction, face evaluation and face-recognition tech. It doesn’t concentrate only on “virtual faces”, although the complementary Perfectly Real exhibition over at Waterman’s Gallery covers that. The vision of images of artificial […]