Behind Spotify’s user interface is The Echo Nest, a fantastically powerful music analysis division that probably knows more about your musical tastes than you do. The latest project out of that skunkworks is a tool called Sweet Spot. FastCo takes a look.
The Sweet Spot app first asks for your favorite artist followed by the other person’s favorite artist. After working its algorithmic magic, the tool displays a playlist of songs from one spectrum to the other, each one connected to the last by a degree. The results are like a musical version of “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon,” or what you might imagine a Pandora station gone off the rails would look like—starting with a punk band and ending with a pop star.
Continue reading how Sweet Spot works here.