Moody looks pretty neat.  You tag your personal collection via song mood on a colorful Thayer mood scale.  You can play songs back based on their mood.  What puzzles me though is that they don't seem to aggregate the moods of all of their users so that people can share their mood tags.  It seems to be the obvious thing to do. If they don't do it, maybe Owen will.

I use Moody with another scale than the standard calm/intense ; sad/happy. The fact that the interface doesn't remind me what these colors mean is a very good point. I bet that many users will use the software in different ways - some people will use other scales, as I do (electronic/acoustic ; slow/fast ; obscure/mainstream). Moreover, what is sad to some people will be extremely sad to others. So I don't think it will make a lot of sense to aggregate all the moods - except for research purposes ;)

Posted by on May 18, 2007 at 11:55 AM EDT #

Whatever happened to MoodLogic? I remember when they came out in 2002. I haven't heard much from them since then.

Posted by Jeremy P on May 18, 2007 at 04:06 PM EDT #

i vote against manual approaches to tag a music repository. navigating your music collection using a different paradigm than artist/album or genre can only work if the data is generated semi-automatic. tagging more than 200 songs is way too much effort and gets sloppy at the end.

if users have to tag their songs they should at least get some sort of recommendation or similarity to other tracks. tight integration with could work - but then their recommendations sometimes are a bit too wild.

using moods to navigate music can have the downside that associations change: the happy love song can turn into a melancholic depressive song.

why genre suck (just included for good measure)

Posted by adrian on May 20, 2007 at 05:18 AM EDT #

Also check out A Mood-Based Music Classification and Exploration System for the latest on my thesis work at the MIT Media Laboratory.

Posted by Owen Meyers on May 21, 2007 at 06:15 PM EDT #

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