Max Romantschuk's weblog – April 2005 archive

OCR for piano recordings.

Friday 22nd of April, 2005 - 12:18 – Permalink

Every now and then a startup appears which really has thought about their business model instead of just making something and trying to sell it afterwards. The guys at Zenph Studios cleary has one of those million dollar moments when they came up with the idea which would be their future business model.

Zenph has created technology which can essentially listen to old low quality (audio-wise) piano recordings, and recreate those performances on a digitally controlled grand piano. The result: a pristine quality piano recording which sounds exactly the same as the original, except for the vastly improved audio quality. I find it very exciting that computers and signal processing are now approaching a level where it's possible for computers to "listen" to something and actually being able to extract the various elements of a piece of music. Once this becomes affordable it will open up lots of interesting possibilities... imagine being able to use old (no longer copyrighted) recordings to extract riffs and solos, not just as static samples but as notes that can be edited further.

More on the technology at pragmaticprogrammer.com: A Pragmatic Project: Live In Concert. Stumbled upon via Slashdot.

Painting gets peple Laid.

Friday 8th of April, 2005 - 12:17 – Permalink

While skimming Blogdex I ran across a piece by Maciej Cegłowski entitled Dabblers and Blowhards. It's an interesting read, for various reasons. Among other things, I now know, that painting apparently gets you laid.

I know I haven't posted much lately, and my traffic has dropped quite a bit as well. I'm still trying to focus on coding the new site engine, which is progressing slowly, yet still faster than not at all. I hope that I'll have more to say in the future, but I'm not in the habit of making promises I can't be sure to keep. Time will tell.