Something Snappy from Sun Labs

MaryMary has it right. Sun Labs' Snapp Radio is pretty cool. It was created by Paul Lamere in the Labs and announced here on this blog.

Snapp is a mashup of (Last.FM or Radio Paradise) and Flickr. I'm using the Last.FM version. As I listen to music, Snapp Radio uses Last.FM social tags associated with the current song to make a set of queries into Flickr. It then displays a series of images in my browser that relate in some way to the current song. Read the FAQ for more details.

Sometimes the images really worked for me. While listening to some Kate Bush, I saw a nice sequence of atmospheric landscapes that seemed to go well with the music's mood. Liz Phair's Turning Japanese was accompanied by a stream of Japanese food photos and photos of people eating Japanese food. Not sure whether you'd call that good, though it did make me laugh, and that's a kind of good. Snapp Radio also did a very good job with two different Mary Gauthier pieces: Some interesting and beautiful landscapes intermixed with funky shots of people and objects that worked for me. Many of the landscapes shown with her Sounds of the New West looked like shots from the American West.

Some efforts were less successful, but still interesting. During Beth Orton's Mount Washington, Snapp radio displayed a beautiful series of snowpeaked Mount Washington photos. And then for some reason that wasn't evident to me, it veered off into a sequence of photos depicting vintage electronics equipment with an emphasis on old, electronic learning toys.

While listening to Happenstance by Rachael Yamagata, Snapp Radio displayed mostly concert shots, but then suddenly showed the photo below.

a knight who said ni

Yes, this is a man standing in an airport, dressed as a knight. He's actually a Knight Who Said Ni. Why was this photo selected? In Snapp, you can click on an image and get more information and then click again and view the image in Flickr to see its tags. This image was flagged with the "happenstance" tag because the photo was taken by someone who randomly came upon this knight while on their way to pick up their luggage. That's happenstance.


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