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Matsushita mates moods with music search system

AFP , TOKYO

Feeling "kind of blue" or "feeling groovy?" If you know the mood you are in, Japanese electronics giant, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd has come up with a digital search function to come up with the music to match it.

The Osaka-based company, best known for its National and Panasonic brands said yesterday it would introduce its "Musicsommelier" technology in commercial audio equipment later this spring, and planned to use it in consumer audio systems in future.

"Now that hard disks can store vast amounts of musical content, it is becoming difficult to match the user's desired mood at that particular moment solely on the basis of song title," the company said in a statement.

Whereas the parameters of most conventional search systems for digitally recorded music are the artist's name or song title, Matsushita's echnology uses statistical analysis of musical features of a song and its emotive "feel."

"The technology in `Musicsommelier' deduces the relationship between a song's emotive `feel' and musical features from any music source such as CDs or FM radio," the statement said.

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