ISMIR in Suzhou

October 30, 2017

Last week I attended ISMIR 2017 in Suzhou, China, and once again it was an excellent conference, with a high-quality scientific program (every talk was interesting and well delivered) and top-notch hosting from the National University of Singapore: terrific food and venues, and the chartered shuttles to and from the airport saved lots of people a lot of time.

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New articles by Watanabe and Yang

January 20, 2017

Last year, I helped to advise two colleagues on separate projects, and both were recently published. The projects and first authors are: “Modeling discourse segments in lyrics using repeated patterns”, by Kento Watanabe; and “Probabilistic Transcription of Sung Melody Using a Pitch Dynamics Model” by Luwei Yang.

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Searching your YouTube history

October 4, 2016

You’ve just remembered a great video you saw on YouTube several weeks ago, and want to share it with your friend. But what was the video again?

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Tumblr

For more blogging, check out my Tumblr feed. It’s mostly pictures of food and mildly interesting things. Here’s a typical post from September 2016 about a burger that’s dear to my heart:

A few days after visiting McDonald’s, I got a much, much, much better tsukimi burger at 0298 Burger. See that gorgeously crisped layer above the cheese? That’s a perfectly fried egg. Simply mouthwatering.

I feel bad implying that there’s a comparison to be made between the McDonald’s food-like product and this work of art, but so be it.

I keep expecting the burgers at 0298 Burger to not be as delicious as the last time, but it hasn’t worn off at all. On this visit, I brought a friend and introduced him to the restaurant. His appetite helped drive the point home. After having an avocado cheese burger, he considered the menu again and ordered a blue cheese burger. As he waited for it, he had second thoughts (seconds thoughts?), but then it arrived, and he bit into it, and it was just as delicious as the first burger. He finished it quickly.

You know how when you’re having a steak, the meat can lose its oomph after a few bites, and you need either a pinch of salt or a swig of red wine to refresh your palette? I’m sure the folks at 0298 recognized and addressed this problem because they sell a perfect burger where every bite is as good as the first.