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Saturday, August 04, 2007

What Pandora Told Me

This is what Pandora told me... and no, I don't mean the unfortunately curious mortal from Greek mythology who opened a cursed box (see picture), I mean the Pandora internet radio service.

I've been listening to Pandora for a few weeks now. It's a free Internet radio station, that plays music that is customized to your tastes. You can make different personalized radio stations for yourself and, using the Music Genome Project, the system suggests other bands/artists that you may not have heard of, which you can rate your like/dislike of, and thus further customize your station.

Out of curiosity, I looked up the defining parameters that Pandora was using to pick my music, and was pleased and a little surprised at what it said about my musical tastes. Here's the qualities it said I look for in my music (obviously not all in the same song - otherwise that would be a really weird song):

Subtle use of vocal harmony
Vocal-centric aesthetic
Minor key tonality
Dynamic male vocalist
Subtle use of strings
Songs that feature hard rock roots
Varying tempo and time signatures
Electric rock instrumentation
Punk influences
Electric guitar wall-o-sound
Mild rhythmic syncopation
Extensive vamping
Intricate melodic phrasing
Acoustic sonority
Acoustic rhythm guitars
Electric rhythm guitars
Acoustic rhythm piano
Mellow rock instrumentation


When people ask me what kind of music I like, I always have such a hard time answering that question. So now I think I will just print out this list and show it to them when they ask me that question. :) Anyway, I just found this interesting and thought I would share...

Do you listen to Pandora? Leave a comment and let me know what it's saying about your musical preferences. Or just leave me a comment and let me know what kind of music you like.

(By the way, the image of Pandora that I used to illustrate this post is a painting by one of my all-time favorite artists, a Pre-Raphelite painter named J.W. Waterhouse. You can see more of his artwork here.)