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October 14, 2005

Who wants to listen to Guster Radio?

Filed under: Journal — Milind Kulkarni @ 5:48 pm

So I stumbled across Pandora, which purports to answer the question “Can you help me discover more music I like?” It’s quite straightforward. You enter a single artist, or even a single song by that artist, and it begins to stream music to you that’s similar to your artist. So feel free to punch in your favorite artist! I typed in “Guster,” at first. The first song it played me was “Amsterdam.” Good job, geniuses, I thought. But then it came up with The Shoes, and now The Greenhornes, both bands I’ve never heard of, but which sound pretty good to me.

This is an outgrowth of the Music Genome Project, which is a way of very specifically describing any song over a range of variables. Apparently I like bands with “mild rhythmic syncopation” and “a subtle use of vocal harmony.” I guess they do some sort of matching to bring up songs that you’ll probably like.

The only drawback is that after 10 free hours of listening, it costs 3 dollars a month after that. But it’s still pretty interesting to check out. I may even choose to subscribe.

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