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The future of music tailors itself to your pulse

Engadget Engadget 8/04/2016 Daniel Cooper
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If you're like most people, then you probably have an uptempo playlist and a downtempo playlist stashed somewhere. But what if you didn't need to? That's the idea that Jonathan "j.viewz" Dagan is exploring with the interactive music video for his song Almost Forgot. Rather than a static YouTube clip, the iOS app scans your heartbeat and matches the songs tempo to suit. That way, if you're in a sedate mood, the track plays as a slow ballad, and if you're at the gym, it'll be more like a dance hit.

The phone can monitor your pulse using the old camera-lens-as-an-optical-heart-rate-monitor trick that's been knocking around these last few years. Android users shouldn't feel left out, since they can visit the Almost Forgot website if they're rocking Lollipop or Marshmallow. As Dagan says himself, he wanted to "let the listener create their own version of the song with their heartbeat." Who knows, maybe this sort of curation will become commonplace as wearable devices get more prevalent and music playback gets smarter. We can imagine a whole new generation of artists blaming the poor reception of their next album entirely on the fact that none of us were pumping our heart hard enough to listen to it properly.

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