I have weird music tastes, which sometimes makes it hard to find new artists that really knock my socks off. I’ve often wondered why no one creates a musical “family tree” of related bands and music, and I’ve found some passable attempts, but none so useful as Pandora.
The point of the website is to find more bands and music that you’ll like, using music you already like, and create a radio station for you. Pandora was created by the Music Genome Project, a group of musical sorts who wanted to create a way to analyze music on a basic level, as if musical attributes were “genes.”
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.
Over the past 6 years, we’ve carefully listened to the songs of over 10,000 different artists – ranging from popular to obscure – and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time.
Its a cool idea, lets see if it pans out.
Hat tip necta.