A Slice of Sound and Genius for Amateur Musicians

The cold, blustery night didn’t prevent about a dozen hard-core data fans from a Data Science Chicago meetup in Lakeview. They had come to see Adrian Holovaty and hear about his newest creation, Soundslice  — a site for non-professional musicians who want an easier way to learn to play musical rifts.

Like many amateur guitar players, Holovaty is unable to read music. Soundslice helps musicians by syncing tabs and video and showing it in real time.

“Adrian is super accomplished, one of the co-creators of the Django Python web framework,” said Mike Stringer, organizer of Data Science Chicago, and a physicist who co-founded DataScope Analytics, a data-driven design firm.

Holovaty, a former web developer/journalist for newspapers such as the Atlanta Constitution Journal and the Washington Post, was awarded a $1.1 million grant from the Knight Foundation in 2007, and created Every Block — a now-defunct online community website that crowd-sourced neighborhood news. ❒

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