About

Hello! I’m Brian. In varying degrees I’m

  • a scientist (machine learning, music understanding, recommendation, information retrieval)
  • a startup person (co-founder & CTO of the Echo Nest, sold to Spotify, where I was Principal Scientist for a few years until very recently, mostly focusing on discovery of brand new music)
  • artist / musician (ex-“Blitter“)
  • creator-type personΒ working with a lot of electronics & software, mostly centered around audio, speech and machine learning, food devices

I got a masters in computer science focusing on Natural Language Processing from Columbia University in 2000, then my PhD in music understanding at the MIT Media Lab in 2005. After that I co-founded The Echo Nest, which grew to 70 employees before the acquisition by Spotify in early 2014. I left Spotify in late 2016 (but most of the Echo Nest team is still there making amazing discovery products.)

I live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, but travel around a bit regularly. As of early 2017 I am on-purpose unemployed, working on various personal projects and talking to a lot of people, with an eye towards doing something new in the middle of the year. Read this site to find out what!

You can reach me over email — brian@variogr.am

You can also follow me on Twitter.