The Pandora Team

Gypsy Jazz In All Its Splendor, with Vic Wong

Vic Wong
podcast_mic.jpgThere is a wealth of mystery and mythology surrounding the legacy of Django Reinhardt. He was a brilliant swing guitarist with a mangled hand, who turned his injury into the impetus for achieving a unique style of voicing and playing. This week’s guests, led by Pandora engineer Vic Wong (pictured at left), dissect the sounds that Reinhardt and his confederates created in 1930s Paris. These sounds were a response to the American “hot jazz” records that Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and others were hearing, falling in love with, and using as launch pads for their own creations. Reinhardt’s journey made for a fascinating musical movement, and it’s most commonly referred to these days as Gypsy Jazz.
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Second Annual Poster Contest!

We are almost half way through the entry period for the 2008 Pandora Poster Design Contest and we wanted to remind you that you have until August 18th to send in a poster design. If you are an artist, a designer, or an art lover we’d love to see what you can come up with!
All you need to do is create a poster about Pandora! Feel free to explore themes of music, technology, philanthropy, music education, or whatever moves your muse. One thing we ask is that you don’t redesign our logo (official specifications can be found here ).
In addition to sharing your creative imagination, you will be helping to support youth music education around the world. Following the success of last year’s contest, the three winning posters will once again be printed in limited editions, and given as gifts to donors to our GlobalGiving philanthropy projects.
We plan to announce three winners again this year: Grand Prize, Runner Up, and Editor’s Choice. The Grand Prize winner will receive $500, the Runner Up will receive $250, and the Editor’s Choice winner will receive $500. All three will also include some great publicity on our blog.
We’re eager to see where your creativity takes us this year!
Enter a poster now!
Good luck!
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Last year’s winners
Poster specs

Dissonance :: The Musicology Show :: Vol. 37

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Classical music enthusiasts, this one’s for you. Pandora classical music analyst Russell Johnson drops by to investigate the onward march toward atonality throughout the history of Western art music. From Renaissance times through Classical and Romantic periods onto Stravinsky and Schoenberg, the slider on the consonant-to-dissonant spectrum has edged ever more toward the dissonant. He plays examples on guitar and piano of different intervals, and talks about the frequency ratios attached to those intervals as well. (9 mins.)

Upgrade! Pandora for iPhone 1.1 out now.

Today we’re rolling the first upgrade to Pandora for iPhone, the free version of Pandora internet radio for your iPhone and iPod touch.
In addition to a number of important bug fixes this version has a handful of new features:
+ Stereo over WiFi – Pandora stations now play in high bitrate stereo when using Pandora over WiFi. This makes an iPod touch the perfect companion to your living room stereo. Just dock and play.
+ Station Resume – when you’re using Pandora and switch to another application, or take an incoming phone call, the music will resume right where you left off when you start Pandora back up. It’s not as good as background listening (which isn’t currently possible on the iPhone) but at least you won’t miss anything if you need to hop out to another app for a minute.
+ Search Auto-Complete – as you type an artist, song or composer in the station creation screen we will offer suggestions in real time as you go.
+ Station Sorting – view your stations either by the creation date or alphabetically.
+ On Phone Registration – users that are new to Pandora can now complete account registrations on the iPhone and iPod touch.
+ Settings Panel – swap your Pandora login without reinstalling the app.
To get started just visit:
Note: Pandora is currently available on approximately 30 other mobile phones. Check to see if your phone is currently supported. While we’re not ready to talk specifically about timing, for those of you with smartphones from other vendors please know that we haven’t forgotten about you and we’re hard at work on versions of Pandora for your phone too. Stay tuned!

NO-SO-CAL Town Hall.. and funeral parlors

OK, first things first. A shout out to Chris K visiting from Royal Oak, MI who was the first to ever ask about how to set up Pandora for music at a funeral parlor. Love it! Chris, who runs a funeral home, was also kind enough to teach me the funeral director handshake…see below. Notice the extended index finger (feeling for a pulse :)
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The West Coast swing started off at Santa Monica public library – a beautiful building in downtown Santa Monica. A full house, courtesy of an amenable security guard who turned a blind eye to the fire code…

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Free Benefit Show In DC this Tuesday (July 22): Jazz Legend Dr. Michael White

For our friends in the DC area, we are very pleased to announce a great show that will be happening this Tuesday, July 22.
Dr. Michael White, a masterful jazz clarinetist and one of the nation’s leading jazz scholars, will be playing a free concert at the Center for the Preservation of Jazz & Blues. While there is no fee for admission, donations are encouraged to support the Renew Our Music Fund, a great cause working to preserve the rich musical legacy of New Orleans.
White himself — here is his Pandora Backstage page — is a native of New Orleans, and his music is steeped in the deep traditions of Crescent City blues, brass bands, and classical composition. He will be joined at this show by some great players as well: Howard Kadison, David Sager, Donn Andre, Tom Gray and Marty Frankel.
This concert is presented by BMI and the Digital Media Association (DiMA), in partnership with Pandora is a proud member of both DiMA and the SaveNetRadio Campaign. For more information about the show, please visit

Sonoma Get-together: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008!

pic_2_1.jpgWe are having a Pandora meet-up at the Sonoma Community Center (in Andrews Hall) in Sonoma. Hope to see you there–excited to meet our Sonoma County listeners!
If you would like to attend, please RSVP by sending an email to Angie at with SONOMA in the subject line.
When: Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 @ 7:30 PM
Where: The Sonoma Community Center in Andrews Hall, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma (