Nirvana understood the power of the "quiet verse, loud chorus" dynamic when they recorded "Smells Like Teen Spirit". But now impatient fans can dispense with a song's build-up and skip straight to the explosive crescendo with a new app released by Spotify.
The Where Is The Drama plug-in analyses audio data from the 20 million songs in the streaming service's database and identifies the segment where a song achieves "peak loudness" – the guitars are turned up to 11, drums are battered, the singer emits a piercing roar and the track achieves lift-off. The web app was developed at a "hack day" by Paul Lamere, director of developer community for The Echo Nest, a music intelligence division within Spotify.
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