Just last week I was ranting at Bob, the editor, about “cut and paste” reviews, and now I find myself doing one. It pays to keep your words tender and sweet, in case you have to eat them.

Nevertheless, I can’t see how I could improve on the description of Pandora that has been provided by the… well, by the providers. 😉 This, and the Music Genome Project, from which it stems, iare truly remarkable efforts that can only lead to even neater things down the road. Let them tell you about it…

For almost six years now, 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 thirty musician-analysts have 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.

We’ve now created an interface to make this available to music lovers so they could use this musical ‘connective-tissue’ to discover new music based on songs or artists they already know.

Pandora is the doorway to this vast trove of musical information. With Pandora you can explore to your heart’s content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings – new and old, well known and completely obscure – to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.

At present, Pandora is free and ad-supported. There are subscription plans that eliminate the ads, but as far as I can tell, they don’t make the music sound any better. Give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

[tags]pandora,streaming music,music genome project,musical attributes,new music[/tags]