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JavaFX For Music Lovers and Musicians

Posted by Sravan | July 17, 2009 .

For Music Lovers: Sten Anderson’s Music Explorer FX is a JavaFX app that enables music lovers to discover new music of their taste. Start with searching for an artist/band of your liking. The search results will be shown as thumbnails, one of which you choose. Details of the artist/band like overall popularity and current hotness degrees, available tracks if any are shown along with six (maximum, I think) recommendations of similar artists/bands. The thumbnail of the main artist/band in the center also has options to go back to the search page, to see info like news and reviews, to toggle between recommendations and photos of the artist/band, and to see help.

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James Weaver wrote that Music Explorer FX is the first prize winner of the JavaFX Coding Challenge. Congratulations, Anderson. It is the most visually appealing JavaFX app I have ever used, is fun and useful, and has a lot of scope for new features. I have been using it all day.

My only complaint is that it is a resource magnet. It has a very large memory footprint and uses a lot of CPU, so much that I wasn’t able to do anything else while using this app. (My first attempt of exploring the app resulted in my laptop freezing which I could get out of only through a forced reboot and later I tried writing this review with the app running in the background and it just didn’t work.)

For Musicians: Indaba Music recently released its Session Console 2.0 that is apparently ground-breaking with features like high-quality audio recording; mixing with the vast clips library that includes many Creative Commons-licensed loops; real-time effects like chorus, reverb, EQ, and flanger; and online or offline use. Watch this video for a feature tour.

The Wired Epicenter article says that the improvements were possible only after Indaba jumped from Flash to Java/JavaFX:

… jumped ship from Flash and started working on Java and JavaFX … allows you to use a lot more of your processing power, so you’re not listening to low-quality MP3 previews anymore, the way you would online. You’re [working with] the high-quality audio, and using your computer’s processing power to do that.

I am not sure but Indaba Music seems very different from the Flex-based Noteflight, which is also used by musicians to create music. Noteflight talks in terms of notes and instruments more than bits of music that can be recorded and edited and mixed and filtered. Indaba is more like a full-fledged recording studio.

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  1. Sten Anderson  July 31, 2009 11:12 am

    Glad you liked Music Explorer FX, and thanks for the favorable write-up. Hopefully the performance will improve over time.

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