It seems like I didn't realise the effect that having MELODIA (and other vamp plug-ins) included in the curriculum of a course on digital sound design on coursera.org was going to have... in 2 days, MELODIA has been downloaded over 800 times and the total count is now above 1200!
Not quite the "slashdot effect", but the closest I've ever experienced :)
Beside boosting the download count, I hope this will increase students' interest in melody extraction and help introduce a new generation of artists to MELODIA. I'm sure they'll find ways to exploit it I've never thought of before...
Once the "coursera-burst" is over I'll post again with some interesting download stats and (hopefully) some insights.
Today I've come to learn that my MELODIA vamp plug-in, which implements the melody extraction algorithm developed as part of my PhD thesis, has been included in the course material of an online course on digital sound design. More specifically the course includes an introduction to Sonic Visualiser, and as part of this introduction the students are encouraged to experiment with the plug-ins available on the vamp plug-in download page, one of which is MELODIA.
As a result, MELODIA has been downloaded more than 100 times in the last 24 hours, and the overall download count has now surpassed 500!
Whilst it is clear that for some students the plug-in will prove to be more useful than for others, and most probably not all those who've downloaded it will end up using it on a regular basis, this is nonetheless an exciting example of how MELODIA can be used for educational purposes, and of the impact it can have outside the research community.
The next step will be to try and get some feedback on MELODIA from this large group of users, so that we can further understand what people are using it for, when it is useful and when it isn't, and perhaps also get some recommendations and how they would like to see it improved.
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