Saturday, March 11, 2006

Exploring the Music Universe 

With the swell of exams and papers breaking on the beach of my fading youth, I have been too busy to blog lately. Rest assured, this will not be a permanent lapse, but it is merely a function of the academic calendar. In the meantime, I have perhaps the coolest internet goodie I have ever seen: www.pandora.com. Compiled by a group of people who created what they call "The Music Genome", it is essentially a streaming online radio. Big deal, right? Well, the coolness factor comes in when you try to listen to something. It simply asks you for a song or a musician, and then plays one of their songs. But from then on, its musical discovery: the database attempts to find music that matches the aspects you like about the song or artist, creating a endless stream of new or familiar music along the same vein. In 30 minutes of listening, I had already found enough new bands to fill my Amazon.com quota for the next year and a half. If you have a little time, explore it a little. If not, just feed it a few songs, create a few stations, and get some work done with good music in the background. Jason and I will be back on our high horses soon enough, so enjoy the comfortable change of tone. And if you're interested, check out the first station I created: http://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh17491026. (The artist was Kings of Convenience (hat tip: Meteu) )

[Update: Oh man, it gets better... you can add songs or artists to a station you created to change the influence and broaden the range of characteristics it searches... this may be harmful to my winter quarter grades]

hi andrew!!! this is romney. i was doing some research into chicago-area publications and came across you and had to say hi. hope you are doing well, shoot me an email at heyitsromney at gmail if you feel like it.
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