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Pandora… might be just what you’ve been looking for!

November 13, 2008 2:31 pm
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Have you experienced Pandora yet? If not – then you absolutely should. I assume, of course, that the reader is a music lover as I am.

Pandora is an amazing project and idea behind it is to try to get to the bottom of your music tastes and match you with exactly the artists you would love! Yes, the music you would love, not just like! Because it does not look at popularity of the artist, their appearance or any other attributes that seem to drive the music industry today. Instead it looks at the style, the sound, genre (but in a bit different way), type of vocals, type of lyrics – it breaks down music into so many little pieces like it’s never been done before. The result? The result is amazing! You tune in to a station you create and get lost in the music!

Here is what the founder has to say about how Pandora works.

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.

Since we started back in 2000, we’ve carefully listened to the songs of tens of thousands of 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.

Tim Westergren
The Music Genome Project

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