Monday, May 08, 2006

Wish I was in Tijuana eating barbecued iguana

I've been having some fun with Pandora, thanks to Hugh. Pandora is a website where you can enter a couple of songs or recording artists you like, and it will create a "radio station" of songs which are similar, according to the Music Genome Project.

So far, I'd say it's been amusing. The thing it does really well is provide music I've never heard before. For my lists, at least, it almost never plays big radio hits I already know. It does tend to play tracks by artists I've suggested, along with a large stream of completely new (to me) material. It's not perfect - there are some real clunkers in that catalog - but I feel like I've gotten a great song for every bad one, which is a hell of a lot better than commercial radio does. And it's not like it's hard to use the Fast Forward or "Never Play This Again" buttons.

But enough of my yakkin'. Let's boogie.

I'm going through the Hip Deep in Pie archives, and feeding Pandora the songs I've titled these posts after. (I'm about through last October.) And so, I proudly present Radio Free Hip Deep. It's a large, heterogeneous data set, so I can't really say what you'll get. (It's a very good bet you'll get an '80s song with a male vocalist, but you might hit the country or reggae patch. Or, for that matter, the Christmas music.)

Give it a listen; let me know if you like what you hear. And remember, if you do, it's because I have great taste. If you don't, the computer must not really understand me.


Blogger GrigorPDX said...

Oh yeah. Pandora is amazing. Stunning what they've done for free. :-)

7:48 PM, May 08, 2006  
Blogger GrigorPDX said...

Umm ... should I be concerned if my Pandora account feeds me an Ashlee Simpson tune? (shudder)

Nice that the "thumbs down" click immediately ends that track and moves on to the next. :-)

4:49 PM, May 09, 2006  
Blogger Rob said...

Slick. When I clicked the link for your station, it automatically added it as a "shared" station in my own Pandora window. Neato.

4:56 PM, May 09, 2006  

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