Interesting Online Music Project

The Arts — By on February 9, 2006 at 1:56 pm

For the most part I have stayed away from online music in its many incarnations. This marks the first time I am really comfortable saying a music site does something really neat. This site was forwarded to me by a friend and I thought some of the readers hear might be interested in taking a look at it. We all know we are in front of the computer for too long anyway. Let us know what you think:

Pandora

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  • forart says:

    It seems more likely that this would deepen ones interest in a type of music than broaden it. Commercialism at its zenith – they add songs to their database from unknown bands to generate interest…anyone heard of Fuvkin.

    Anyways…the following is from a site I ran across that I can’t remember. It’s all about Alan Lomax and The Long Tail:

    As novel (and quixotic) as all this sounds, it isn’t even the first time a codification of music has been attempted. The Music Genome bears a striking resemblance to another, much older project begun by the famed musicologist Alan Lomax in the 1960s. Lomax, best known for recording and popularizing the likes of Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Jelly Roll Morton, dedicated the last 30 years of his career (he died in 2002) to an elaborate, lofty, and ultimately unfinished project called the Global Jukebox.

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    Like the Music Genome, the Global Jukebox is based on a music notation system. Lomax called his “cantometrics,” a made-up word he defined as meaning “song as a measure of society.” It consisted of 36 parameters that could be used to compare musical performance styles across cultures. And, just as the Music Genome would, Lomax employed an army of rigorously trained research assistants to code and input thousands of songs into a central database. There are 4,400 in all, spanning 400 cultures, everything from Pygmy recordings to American pop tunes. This is only a portion of what Lomax intended. A series of strokes in the 1990s prevented him from getting the Jukebox past the prototype stage.

    Despite their many similarities, the two projects have very different ambitions. The Music Genome is primarily a commercial venture, designed to take advantage of something called the Long Tail—an economic concept with new implications in the Internet age. It holds that in an environment of limitless selection and easy distribution—as created by businesses like iTunes and Rhapsody—there’s money to be made by driving people beyond the blockbuster hits to the more obscure, deep catalog stuff. As the Savage Beast Web site points out: “In an industry where less than 3% of all releases currently account for over 80% of all revenue, Savage Beast is ideally positioned to unlock an enormous lost revenue potential.” That’s where the Music Genome comes in.

  • forart says:

    Now you can listen to Pandora from your sofa….Ah technology…..and it’s called the Squeezebox.

  • forart says:

    OR try one of these simliar products:

    musicstrands.com – the MySpace of online music, socially responsible

    webjay.org – directs users to music, legal or not

    last.fm – creates music profiles that you can share

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