Monday, August 11, 2008

...a brand new online radio

How great it would be if there existed a website which had the ability of adaptive learning and could play the music you like, the genere you enjoy, the artists you admire and you don't even have to create a playlist. The good NEWS is PANDORA exists and the bad NEWS is its available only for the traffic coming to it from US.

Pandora is the outcome of the research project called the Music Genome Project. If given a chance I'd rank it as the best research project of the mellenium. Pandora is an online radio or an automated music player. The reserachers of this project say they wanted to "capture the essence of music at the fundamental level". They don't have a dynamic algorithm that samples music and attaches musical attributes to it. Instead, what they have done is gone through millions of songs and analyzed the musical qualities of each song and bucketed them based on their musical attributes - these attributes were assembled by the folks at MGP and number in the hundreds including attributes that relate to melody, harmony, rhythm, instrumentation, orchestration, arrangment, lyrics and vocals. This way, they are able to categorize individual songs and not just artists.

The idea is you create a station based on the artist or a song or a genere of your choice. There is no guarantee that the track will be the same the you asked for but based on the above attributes they will parse it and play the song. Its probablitic that you might not like it 'en you can mark it as thumbsdown and the track will be skipped. If you like the track thumbs up to it. Gradually in a day or two create new stations keep thumbsup n thumbdowning them and a the 3rd day Pandora plays magically the tracks you like. Another advantage is that you learn technically wat kind of music you like and you are intorduced to new artists too. You are just a click far away from knowing why Pandora played the current track.

So now I am more learned and i know what i like.
As per pandora it says
"...we're playin this track because it features art rock roots, a subtle use f vocal harmony, electric guitar wall-o-sound, extensive vamping, repetitive melodic phrasing and demanding instrumental part writing.."

My current station line up is a QuickMix of: Stairway to Heaven, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Night Crawler, 3 doors down, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, Soldier of Fortune, Jim Morrison, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Deep purple, Braking Benjamin

My Bot plays wat i love ...


Sneha Shrivastava said...

I Appreciate your excellent introduction to Pandora.
Cheers !

Harshita Kamal Mehta said...

hmm...if one needs updates on the coolest of technology stuff...thrz just ONE destination and tht's ur blog...
I am sure I am missing on something, here in India... ;)
Enjoy ur music!!

mylittlesomethings said...

pandora is not new anymore... I have been using it for a while now :P

Abhinav Agrawal said...

hahaha its been known to me since university days too but i recently learned about the genome project and have been really impressed :)

zirelda said...

My quick mix is Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Jerry Lee Lewis and John Lee Hooker. I love Pandora. :)