Bad Vibes!


During the excellent Cultured Data Symposium 2020, Tobin Chodos said something like

"Since there is no mathematically coherent measure of a "success" in music recommendation, since human love of music is so strange and capricious, you could probably reverse the logic of Spotify's recommender engine and get similarly satisfying results, perhaps more satisfying"

Challenge Accepted!



This is a bad Spotify recommender. Like, the worst. Bad vibes anti-recommendations.

This is currently very much a proof of concept. It grabs your top 50 songs (long-term), and then does a "farthest neighbor recommendation" based on the audio features Spotify provides. I restricted myself to the 2019 global most streamed tracks , so I couldn't pick total shit. In other words, it is a recommender system that tries to find music that is popular, but you won't like.

Though, to be honest, that *NYSYNC Christmas song is pretty rough.

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