The Music Genome Project

I’ve just started playing around with Pandora, but it looks promising. Put simply, these guys tagged songs by over 10,000 artists based on musical elements. The result is a music search engine/streamer based on “music genes” rather than the genre someone labels it. I thought for sure “John Tejada” would break it, figuring they would have skipped EDM, but the results include an interesting mix of techno, trance, and breaks.

On January 6, 2000 a group of musicians and music-loving technologists came together with the idea of creating the most comprehensive analysis of music ever.

Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or “genes” into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song – everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It’s not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records – it’s about what each individual song sounds like.

Over the past 5 years, we’ve carefully listened to the songs of over 10,000 different artists – ranging from popular to obscure – and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time. This work continues each and every day as we endeavor to include all the great new stuff coming out of studios, clubs and garages around the world.

It has been quite an adventure, you could say a little crazy – but now that we’ve created this extraordinary collection of music analysis, we think we can help be your guide as you explore your favorite parts of the music universe.

Via Project Nothing.

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2 thoughts on “The Music Genome Project”

  1. “Based on what you told us so far, we’re playing this track because it features a repetitive song structure, busy electronic hat, a synth bass riff, a highly synthetic sonority, and thickly layered production.”

    Wow. They weren’t kidding. Let’s see if I can dig up some micro-house 🙂

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