Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pandora Radio - Listen to Free Internet Radio, Find New Music

Pandora Radio - Listen to Free Internet Radio, Find New Music

I really love music, and feel starved for fresh artists and new songs. I'm just starting to figure out Pandora, but this looks like an amazing interface for personal music mixes. Like many, I rely on radio during my (blessedly short) commute each day, and am feeling like my exposure to new stuff is getting increasingly narrow and shallow. I want more than the latest top 10, as chosen by media conglomerates and anonymous buying patterns. The Music Genome Project (creators of Pandora) seems to understand my needs. Best of all, it is free!

"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."
Tim Westergren, Founder, The Music Genome Project

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