More Than A Job / 01
MORE THAN A JOB / 01
Can you briefly explain the concept behind Sentimentshirt?
“Sentimentshirt visualizes musical sentiment through Machine Learning. It starts with the lyrics of your favorite album. I turn every track into a datapoint through ML. Every datapoint tells something about the emotion (negative, neutral or positive) and the intensity of the emotion. In that way, every song on the album gets assigned a sentiment score. Then the scores are plotted relative to each other. By connecting those datapoints, a shape emerges that is similar to a signature. This gives you as a fan of whichever band or artist a unique T-shirt, instead of the band merch that everyone is wearing at a concert.”
Sentimentshirt is a very personal dream project. How did it start?
“Well, actually it started as a nightmare rather than a dream. I was attending a work event when a colleague showed me a heartbreaking notification. Avicii had passed away. He had committed suicide. Before that happened I had just watched the True Stories documentary, in which he announced that he was going to do more of what was best for himself. I didn’t expect him to end his life after watching that.”