Songs From the City

Elvis sings “home is where the heart is” and we may be Barcelona born but formed by twenty nationalities and set in twelve cities, our home is everywhere. This along with our chart addiction made us wonder which cities everyone is singing about and how we could measure it. We have the curiosity, the tools…

Keep Learning Deep Learning

You never know when you’ll close the loop. After a brief encounter with Neural Networks, Àlex decided to go find an algorithm somewhere else. Two decades later they met again and became pals. Now called Deep Learning, Neural Networks showed up last year at BMAT to help us solve one of our biggest challenges: teach…

How We Identify Songs. Audio Fingerprinting

Our motto is “We hear everything everywhere and tell everyone who wants to know.” Something we don’t mention so often but we feel equally proud of is how we do it: audio fingerprinting. It’s literally our identity sign, the system that allows us to identify 52 years of audio against 60M sound recordings every day….

BMAT’s Melody Identification – Part 2: Running Out of Melodies

See Part 1 – Music and Language. The long awaited second part is here. No matter how you represent a melody, as long as the representation uses limited and quantised metrics – like a music score over a certain number of bars does – the number of possible melodies is finite. Despite infinite expression nuances…

BMAT’s Melody Identification – Part 1: Music and Language

See Part 2 – Running Out of Melodies Years ago we investigated whether language and music were the same. In the process, we found out that the universe of tunes behaves as a social network and that western popular music might be running out of unique melodies. Men sang before they talked. Apparently, our innate…