Great, albeit short trip to Portland. Drove the steadily more scenic I95 up from Boston.
Portland is a very picturesque town. Cold!
Thanks a ton to Nat for having us at his great ‘Space’ in downtown – and for kindly spreading the word locally. Space is a great destination for music, art and other cultural events (including a Michael McDonald concert coming soon !).
A little over a hundred folks showed up. Really felt like a true town hall. Combination of wood beams, cold weather and wonderfully friendly people…
Special thanks to Aimsel P., Christopher G. for the great press support leading up to the event. Was very excited to pick up the local paper and see a front page story on pandora. Awesome.
Had a nice conversation as people were arriving with a biology professor right before we started about parallels to the human genome. Some very interesting simliarities.
There we many questions about how artists get paid and a lot of interest in how music is acquired for the music genome.
One very interesting idea was allowing people to record short audio segments into their stations, sort of like DJ’ing. Nice way to add the personal touch.
Nat kept people happy with herbal teas, wine and beer.
There was also some discussion about the licensing issues with some local DJs in attendance. It’s a rather complicated landscape, between broadcast, webcast and on-demand services. This was definitely a knowledgeable crowd. Spent quite a while chatting afterwards with the some diehard music fans. Debating he poweruser vs. simplicity tradeoffs.
Wrapped up the night with a late night video interview with 3 hardy souls who had driven down from Bangor. Hope everything turns out great with the project Danielle…
Had to catch a deathly early flight in the morning to New York. What a line at security – went all the way down the hall and wrapped back up along the wall…
Would like to come back in the Summer and do some hiking…
Cheers. Tim (Founder)