The world is our office – Remote working at BMAT

We’ve spent more than a decade purposefully recruiting the most innovative, talented and quirky people on this planet. Telling them to stay at one desk and do what they’re told would therefore be counterproductive, and rid them of most of their value. So we don’t do that. When we’re happier, our creative juices flow more…

A Day in the Life of a Music Monitoring Obsessive

Just in case you thought we weren’t obsessed enough with monitoring music, here’s a rare insight into how we BMATers see the world. Music is everywhere – so much so that it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come since rocking the bone flute. Not only do we have music to thank for giving us…

YAMAHA, Aishiteru Totemo Aishiteru Hontoni

CEO, Àlex, reflects on BMAT’s journey through various music technologies since their initial collaboration with Yamaha.  This is the story of a friendship that spans across decades. As much as we feel like ambassadors of discretion and etiquette, it’s about time we came out of the closet. 80’s :: Yamaha and Xavier :: Oai dekite ureshii…

Music Monitoring: Eurovisionary Dreams

Our music monitoring technology is tracking airplay of all participating Eurovision 2019 songs.  A universe where disco-powered Putin satire is considered a real musical genre is one we dream of spending the rest of our days in. A universe where no pair of trousers can be deemed too tight, werewolf-themed metallic wrestling suits are stylish,…

Music Recognition in Ads: From Radio Jingles to TV Commercials

How we use our music recognition technology to detect music in advertisements. Since the radio’s invention in the 1920s, storytelling as an art form experienced a resurgence in popularity – so much so that this new sound-emitting box caused mass hysteria throughout the US with the dramatisation of an invasion from outer space. This unfortunately…

Exclusive Interview with Fatoumata Diawara

Fatoumata Diawara talks to BMAT Since the release of Fatou, her solo album back in 2011, Fatoumata Diawara has been rather busy as one of the most celebrated voices in African music today. The Ivorian-born singer, gigging nonstop and gracing world music lovers with a soulful blend of Wassoulou folk and spiritually-infused Afropop, can finally breathe and…

The Women of BMAT

BMAT women make the BMAT world go round. According to a selection of major tech companies’ 2018 diversity reports, women made up between 26% and 43% of employees, with a much lower percentage of women in actual tech roles. Living between both the music and tech worlds, BMAT is working on changing the tune of…

Music Detection with Deep Music Detector

Music detection, deep learning and our deep music detector. The definition of music is usually quite abstract, touching on the concepts of pitch, rhythm, and timbre. When we say that a sound has a particular pitch, it means that we can easily identify if the sound is high or low. Imagine you’re sitting in a…

SUMMUS, Behind the Scenes

When I first heard about SUMMUS, I thought it was a misspelling of ‘zumos’ (juices, in Spanish), but as we started to get ready for the 3rd biennial event, it dawned on me that SUMMUS goes a step beyond its definition. More than a gathering place for forward-thinking experts, the event proved to be a…