I found the iTunes Signature Maker at the blog of Ryan Shaw this evening. Extremely cool little idea to take your iTunes playlist and make a short little audio avitar of your musical tastes. Here is mine.
The creation of the file requires you to trust a Java applet to scan your iTunes collection and make hashes out of some of your favorite music. The applet is signed by Thawte, which checks out, but the usual cautions should still apply here. You can set some parameters such as the number of tracks to pick from and how long each segment should be. Here’s what it came up with for me, which I found particularly interesting:
|Title||Artist||Album||Starting At||Ending At|
|Trauermusik||San Francisco Symphony||Mathis der Maler, Trauermusik, Symphonic Metamorphosis||0:35.2||0:38.4|
|The Battle of Evermore||Led Zeppelin||IV||5:30.6||5:35.0|
|The Firebird Suite||Igor Stravinsky||1:55.4||1:57.8|
|47. Erbarme Dich, Mein Gott||Johann Sebastian Bach||Bach: St. Matthew Passion – CD 2||6:30.8||6:36.0|
|01 – Requiem Aeternum||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Requiem K626||3:27.5||3:30.3|
|String Quintet, Op.77 – 1. Allegro con fuoco||The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center||Dvorak Serenade||4:05.2||4:08.8|
|05 E||Alex Wilson Studios / Telltale Weekly||Digital Pitch Pipes||0:00.0||0:06.0|
I like how it finishes with a reference pitch that I use to tune to every time I practice. It makes a nice blend that tapers off into the solo E a nice touch. It was my first run of the applet, but I’m going to go with it.