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Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Music Genome Project is Here!

I don't know how many of you suffer from the frustration of trying to find a radio station that plays only music that you like - and perhaps you are a bit tired on all the songs on your ipod . . . .   Well, the solution is finally here - the music genome project from Pandora.com.  You type in your favorite list of songs and viola - it matches those songs to music that is similar and creates a radio station just for you.  I haven't played around with it too much but it does seem like a fun tool and perhaps can introduce to some fun new music.

Here is the website's overview of its mission:

When was the last time you fell in love with a new artist or song?

At Pandora, we have a single mission: To play music you'll love - and nothing else. 

To understand just how we do this, and why we think we do it really, really well, you need to know about the Music Genome Project®

Since we started back in 2000, we have been hard at work on the Music Genome Project. It's the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Together our team of fifty musician-analysts has been listening to music, one song at a time, studying and collecting literally hundreds of musical details on every song. It takes 20-30 minutes per song to capture all of the little details that give each recording its magical sound - melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics ... and more - close to 400 attributes! We continue this work every day to keep up with the incredible flow of great new music coming from studios, stadiums and garages around the country.

With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you. . . .

Wow - what will people think of next.  Enjoy!

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