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Big River music on Pandora : The Music Genome Project reflects back to me some of my musical influences….

February 27, 2015

The other day I had a really cool experience.  A little over a year ago I registered my music (Big River) with Pandora.  They put my music through their Music Genome Project process, and about a month after submitting my songs, they were part of the Pandora Radio library.  “The Music Genome Project is an effort to “capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level” using over 450 attributes to describe songs and a complex mathematical algorithm to organize them.”  I made a ‘Big River’ radio station, and it would play my songs as well as others it deemed to be similar music.  I listened to the station a couple times, but wasn’t all that intrigued with the results it would play along with my tunes and I’m not on Pandora that often so I sort of forgot about it.  Then the other day I decided to try listening to it again and was amazed by what I started to hear.  It played back a consistent stream of some of my biggest musical influences growing up that shaped my style of songwriting and playing.  They played Bob Marley, U2, Peter Gabriel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., Radiohead, and Pearl Jam, pretty much back to back with some other artists in between.  It was playing multiple songs by each of these bands that were a big influence on me.  So the Music Genome Project had taken the attributes from my own music I had made, and was playing me back other music that it sounded like, which included all these major bands that had shaped my own musical identity.  It really blew my mind and made me quite happy.  It was mirroring me back my influences that it had picked out from the characteristics of my music.  Now if I can just get some love in terms of spreading my music to the masses, all shall be well. 🙂

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