A co-worker of mine turned me onto Pandora.com a couple of weeks ago. I have to say, this music service is pretty damn impressive! I’m not a big fan of having to have a browser window open to listen to music on the ‘pute (which you have to do with this service), but Pandora does offer you a cool way of finding new music and artists amongst some genre or “mood” you’re wanting to explore. There have been a bunch of bands I wouldn’t have ever listened to or found if I hadn’t come across — or been told — about this service.
The basic gist of it is, you put in an artist or tune you like and it will, based off of thousands of other “votes from others,” direct you to a streaming station that it feels compliments what you entered. You can even send this “station” to others. Underneath, the service is powered by the Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken.
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.
Over the past 5 years, we’ve carefully listened to the songs of over 10,000 different artists – ranging from popular to obscure – and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time. This work continues each and every day as we endeavor to include all the great new stuff coming out of studios, clubs and garages around the world.
It has been quite an adventure, you could say a little crazy – but now that we’ve created this extraordinary collection of music analysis, we think we can help be your guide as you explore your favorite parts of the music universe.
We hope you enjoy the journey.
The Music Genome Project
So, there you have it… Now go try Pandora.com for yourself and let me know what you think.