CreativeCommons http://creativecommons.org, and Owl Multimedia Inc., a leading music search technology firm, www.owlmm.com, announced today the launch of Owl Music Search which features Magnatune music.
The new music search engine enables users to discover thousands of tracks released under Creative Commons licenses by comparing the sounds of songs they own with the sounds of thousands of new songs.
Over 10,444 tracks available under the Creative Commons License will be searchable by sound via collections. Music from Magnatune, ccMixter http://ccmixter.org and Jamendo www.jamendo.com are featured in search results.
Owl’s search engine uses acoustic analysis, audio description and similarity algorithms to create and compare digital descriptions of thousands of tracks, and return similar sounding songs. With the site’s browser-based application, which includes a built-in media player, a user can open a song, pinpoint a region of interest, and then search for tracks containing similar sounds.
The results returned to the browser can be further refined by the user, using filters on other attributes such as artist, album, genre, year, and Creative Commons license. Users can preview the results, get additional information about them, and optionally purchase or download copies of the tracks.
The search engine is available on Creative Commons’ website at http://search.creativecommons.org.
posted by Teresa Malango, Magnatune, 12/08/2006