Watch the video (OGG, MPEG, Youtube).
All songs in the video are from www.magnatune.com
Mirage is an implementation of the latest research in automatic
playlist generation and music similarity. Mirage analyzes your music
collection and computes acoustic similarity models for each song. After
your music collection has been analyzed, Mirage is able to automatically
generate playlists of similar music.
Mirage is far from being perfect! But it is a nice and easy way to
rediscover your music collection. Imagine it's an automated radio
station DJ playing songs from your collection and all songs somehow
In this project, Mirage was integrated in the popular GNOME audio
player Banshee. It is
programmed in C#/Mono and was created as a part of my master thesis
(Mirage - High-Performance Music Similarity Computation and Automatic
Playlist Generation, pdf)
It will take some time to analyze all your songs. To manually rescan
your music collection, select "Tools > Mirage Playlist Generator >
Rescan the Music Collection". When it is finished drag-and-drop a song on
the Playlist Generator to start generating a playlist.
April 7th, 2010: Mirage is now part of the
Extensions project. Releases are now made at the same time as Banshee
itself, with the same version number. Version 1.6.0 brings integration
in the Playqueue, adding "fill by similar" and also "shuffle by similar".
February 4th, 2010: Mirage 0.6 released. This release brings
duplicate search based on acoustic similarity, compatibility with Banshee
1.5.3 and several bug fixes.
March 9th, 2009: Mirage 0.5 released. This release includes
improved music similarity models, faster playlist generation, faster audio
feature extraction and multiple fixes to the Mirage-Playlist generation
January 31st, 2009: It looks like Mirage has been packaged for
several distributions, see the instructions below. Thanks a lot to all
November 10th, 2008: Mirage 0.4 released. Mirage is compatible
with Banshee 1.4, incorporates better music similarity routines and many
Install from source
- Download the latest tarball.
- Run "./configure". If some dependencies are not fulfilled install
the missing software.
Mirage needs to be installed in the same
prefix as banshee, so you probably need to run
- Mirage should install in your banshee extension dir (usually:
- Run banshee and enable the extension through the "Edit >
Roadmap for the next versions
- Polish the User-Interface
- Include a Mix-Tape mode (see the discussion here)
- Possiblity to permanently exclude songs from playlist generation
Software Mirage depends on
The Mirage Plugin is licensed under the GPL Version 2 (GPL not LGPL!).
Please let us know if you work with Mirage or modify or rewrite it.
Patches are welcome!
How does it work, technically?
Mirage uses the latest artificial intelligence/music information
retrieval techniques to compute a similarity model for each song. This
process includes the computation of
After your whole music collection is analyzed each song has a
similarity/timbre model attached to it. You can then start generating
playlists by selecting a song (the seed song) you want the playlist to
start with and Mirage searches all its models for similar songs. To
do so the Gaussian models computed in the previous step are compared using the
an optimized Kullback
Bug reports and feature requests can go to the
Banshee bugtracker, using the "Community Extensions" component.
There is a google-group for discussions about Mirage. Subscribe to it if you have ideas or questions about Mirage.
I'm also subscribed to the banshee mailing list. You can also reach me via private mail.
For more information on music similarity, other usage scenarios
have a look at the pages of the Department of Computational Perception
at the Johannes Kepler University (http://www.cp.jku.at).
Our group is also working on making your iPod
intelligent. Please get in contact with us, if you have ideas,
projects or just need more information.