Saturday, February 21

Pandora: The Music Genome Project

Ken's buddy George just turned us on to Pandora, an internet radio site. It is so cool! You enter an artist or song you like, and based on the song's attributes, it creates a free, unending playlist for you to listen to on your computer's speakers. You can create unlimited playlists.

On January 6, 2000 a group of musicians and music-loving technologists came together with the idea of creating the most comprehensive analysis of music ever.

Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or "genes" into a very large Music Genome.

Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song - everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony.

It's not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records - it's about what each individual song sounds like.

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