Microsoft's Mixshape music visualiser built with IE10 in mind

Microsoft, music data firm The Echo Nest and Spotify have teamed up to create Mixshape, a site that employs clever graphics to visualise the highs and lows of a music playlist.

Once you've selected a playlist, either from your own Spotify account or one created automatically, Mixshape will decide which tracks you want to listen to. Users can control the "flow" and the duration of the playlist, after which Mixshape automatically adds, subtracts or rearranges songs to match your preference. An exciting array of shapes are then generated which can be further investigated to reveal more information. Zooming in on each shape brings about specific track information, of which form, feel and tempo are denoted by colour differences.

Whilst it is a collaboration between Microsoft, Spotify and The Echo Nest, the project itself is funded by Microsoft, who have created a touch version optimised for Internet Explorer 10 running on tablet devices. Despite this, Mixshape can be enjoyed in a variety of modern browsers.

Once you've created and analysed your playlist, results can be published to various social networking sites with ease. Whomever you choose to share it with can then access your playlist and the Mixshape visualisation on both desktop and mobile browsers.

The site is launching first to U.K. users, however Mixshape can be enjoyed now from any country in which Spotify is available.

Source: MixshapeImage via Mixshape

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I looked at it, and honestly, I just didn't understand what it did... The bar thing seemed a bit interesting, but I wasn't sure of what to do with it...

Perhaps I wasn't doing something right or something...

Super nice. Very creative.
But, can someone explain to me why this is not part of the XBOX Music app or at least support it?
Microsoft doesn't even leverage its own ecosystem. Seems idiotic.

the site has this

"For the best viewing experience, upgrade to Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 to"

you kidding right! please go out and buy a new OS to view this! LOL nice!!

THE_OBSERVER said,
the site has this

"For the best viewing experience, upgrade to Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 to"

you kidding right! please go out and buy a new OS to view this! LOL nice!!


**For the best viewing experience**
They didn't say to view this you need Win 8!

THE_OBSERVER said,
the site has this

"For the best viewing experience, upgrade to Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 to"

you kidding right! please go out and buy a new OS to view this! LOL nice!!


There is no other OS available today that is as accelerated as Windows 8 and similarly no other browser as good as IE10 for hardware acceleration.