3/9/08

Free Online Radio from the Music Genome Project



Pandora Radio is a fascinating development for those interested in new applications of music technology:

http://www.pandora.com/

According to its makers, “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” (http://www.pandora.com/corporate/).

I can envision many ways that this kind of project could be used for music education programs. I encourage music educators to visit Pandora's website (linked above) to judge for themselves.

3 comments:

Lucia @ Pandora said...

Thanks David! We're glad you find Pandora intriguing.

Indeed, many teachers use Pandora with their students.
You may find our musicology podcasts interesting as well!

- Lucia, from Pandora

Loulwa said...

I have used Pandora since it started in my country in Lebanon..Then, they decided that it wont be currently available outside the States.Pandora was really efficient to let be introduced to artists from all over the world.Even when i went to the states , the first thing i made on the web was opening pandora.com and accessed my account again..And now when i got back to my country, i really feel downcasted when they state for me , you cant access your account from your country. I thought the Genome Project was to diversify music and make it available but what happened is a kind of monopoly..I hope Pandora works for letting its webpage available world wide..isnt this the goal of any wwww??
Thanks for your concerns and i hope you take my concerns into considerations .
BR

Sociomusicology said...

Dear BR (Loulwa):
I am sorry to hear about this situation and I fully understand your frustration. I am not personally associated with Pandora in any way, but I mentioned their service here because I think it is rather revolutionary and particularly useful for music teachers. I suggest that you contact Pandora directly to see how they explain this change in accessibility. I would suspect there may be legal issues in terms of copyright that hinder their ability to make music files accessible outside the USA. Probably they would if they could, but have found they are not permitted to do so, but that is just a guess. I am not the right person to ask about this matter.