Pandora experiment

March 9, 2007

I would definitely consider myself into music. I also like a really bizarre range of musical genres including electronic, indy rock, 80’s rock, classic rock, ambient, etc. The most important thing to keep in mind is that I enjoy strange and weird music and that I am also weird myself.

Ok, onto the show. I’ve been having fun with Pandora for a while now. Pandora is this internet radio project that is driven by something called the “Music Genome Project”. Sounds scary. Basically it is a massive project to classify thousands of songs by hundreds of attributes. This allows Pandora to take a sampling of your musical tastes and then suggest new ideas for your listening pleasure. Well, as my musical preferences are sufficiently strange, I thought I’d give it a test run. I will be attempting to create a music station with “Funky Disco House” songs. I’ll give it the artists Daft Punk, Cassius and Mylo as starting points. Let’s see what the first 5 songs are:

1. Daft Punk – Musique: Ok, so they play a song by one of your artists chosen initially to give you a taste of the station. Needless to say, I like this song. Quick side note: Daft Punk is the best musical group of all time. Moving on.

2. Westbam – Hanging with the Machineheads: Pandora tells me it played this song because of disco influences and prevalent use of “groove”. I never even told Pandora anything about disco and it picked that up after one song. I’m slightly impressed. The song is decent, probably a 6/10, but we’re on the right track. I give it a “thumbs up” on the pandora interface.

3. Olympic Flame – DJ Tiesto: Ok, Tiesto is fine, but not what I’m looking for here. He is decidedly not “funky”. Although Tiesto is fine, I want to taylor this radio station correctly, so I give it a thumbs down.

4. Daft Punk – Something About Us – One of my favorite Daft Punk songs of all time. Good work Pandora. 10/10.

5. Room 5 – I Need U: I’ve never heard of this band or song. Although initially put off by the stupid use of the letter “U” in the title, I began to listen. It is definitely Funky Disco House. It’s quite good. I’m very impressed. I’d say 9/10.

Ok, so that’s the first 5. I must say, Pandora picked up on my strange station theme quite quickly and introduced me to a couple new, cool songs. I will be listening to this at work every day.