What a week! Charlottesville, Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill (plus Dallas last night, recap of that on the next post). Beautiful part of the country, super-hospitable people, and lots of music. Been a while since I’ve seen so much green.
Thanks to everyone who attended the various meetings and talks. I left town energized and armed with a bunch of great new ideas. I’ve posted some pix and thoughts below… if you have any you’d like me to add, please send ’em in – tour@pandora.com
First stop was Charlottesville, VA and UVA’s gorgeous campus where I spoke to Prof. Fred Maus’s music theory class…

Not a bad looking music building!
Very cool to hear that they’re really integrating rock/pop music into the core curriculum. I learned how hard it is to keep chalk from squeaking when you write on a chalkboard…
Enjoyable lunch with Brad, the first luddite blogger I’ve met. He writes for thetechlounge.com. We both stopped by Plan9 Music store (clear favorite on the blog comments and emails – thanks everyone) to pick up some local discs. The impact of the DMB success is very noticeable – they’ve done a lot to promote music locally.
Raced across campus to Darden school to speak with a group of MBA students.
So much green everywhere… Thanks to Miguel and his entrepreneurs group for a stimulating discussion. Felt like something of an imposter given my rather lackluster educational history…
Drove back across town for a meetup at the Gravity Lounge – one of the best music rooms I’ve seen in a while. Paradise for an acoustic show – you don’t find a lot of spots that are clearly built with a music-appreciating audience in mind. Low ceilings, rugs and nice absorbent bookshelves around the room. Took a picture of the venue pre-meeting.
About 50 folks showed up for a lively dialogue. Lots of discussion about how we create ‘sets’ on pandora playlists.
Ran out of steam, so skipped the clubs that night. Recovering the previous night’s redeye.
Woke up bright and early the next day for the 4 hour drive to Raleigh Durham. Where I started the day at Duke with Prof. Marc Farris’ advanced music theory class. Some sharp kids there – learned that a IV-I cadence is called “plagal”. Suggested that modes would make for good genome genes – the “phrygian” construct of some rock is a signature style.
Spent the afternoon chatting with folks at Fuqua BSchool, followed by great dinner with some of the students. “I want to start my own company” was clearly the theme. The business discussions definitely are invaluable in stimulating thoughts about how to make this whole thing work. I also learned that undergrads campout for months to enter the lottery to get basketball season tickets… biz school students in RVs, ugrads in tents!
Another beautiful day on Wednesday, headed over to Chapel Hill with my wonderful host David – a million thanks to for being such an extraordinary host – driving me around, helping with boxes of hats and Tshirts. Can’t thank you enough. Music communities are sure to grow with people like you.
Started at Kenan Flagler, the UNC bschool to speak to a group of entrepreneurs. Sharp questions.
Then met up with some undergrads on the main campus in the blendCoLab group. Really dug talking to the students – about 12 or so. Young and eager to become entrepreneurs. Also some interesting perspective on community sites. On the way out David and I stopped by SchoolKids Records (thanks all ye commenters) to pick up local stuff. There are clearly some consensus local favs – headed for the Music Genome.
Got together with about 100 folks at the Carolina Theatre that evening for a terrific meetup. People talked a lot about different ways to start stations – mood, genre, and a random start station… also a strong desire to be able to control the playlists through specific musical attributes.
Also a lot about commerce – how to fulfill more of our catalogue. We went for a couple hours, and kept rapping afterwards with some hardy souls. It’s just so great to see such enthusiasm for music. Also very pleased by the reception of our new pandora gear! More options and finally some style 🙂
Topped the evening off with a great show from Calexico (thanks for rallying Jennifer!) at the fabled local Cat’s Cradle (definitely the consensus favorite spot among the blog commenters). Cool room and great sound. Had to capture the wall-o-posters. THis is giggin’ country.
Slept the sleep of the dead…
Up early and on to Dallas, TX… to be continued.


  1. David
    September 22, 2006 at 8:14pm
    The pleasure was ours, brother. You've done so much for us musically that it was an honor to have an opportunity to return the favor. Thanks for showing such great commitment to our community and openness to feedback and sharing your wisdom with young and not-so-young. We'll keep on spreading the word. Travel safely and c'mon back again, y'hear?
  2. Ostroshinsky
    September 23, 2006 at 5:01am
    Hi! Thanks for the incredible work! This comment is more of a question: Anyone know how to get Pandora Radio playing on Mac? Peaceful blessings/Ostroshinsky
  3. Chad d Hill
    September 23, 2006 at 5:37am
    i hope some one told yall bout twisted black ive been hoping yall would add him his style and music is real good
  4. Matt
    September 23, 2006 at 12:27pm
    Pandora works just fine on my Mac, a G4 Titanium Powerbook using Safari. I didn't do anything special -- just followed the directions.
  5. Max
    September 23, 2006 at 2:34pm
    Good show, man. I got a shirt and a hat and escaped with my life.
  6. Nate
    September 23, 2006 at 11:33pm
    I love Research Triangle Park! RTP is kick man! Thanks for stoping by my area! -Nate
  7. Tim
    September 24, 2006 at 9:17pm
    Tim - thanks again for putting Raleigh-Durham on your tour. Your visit inspired me to make a new toy for sharing Pandora Stations. I describe it here: http://pandoralicious.googlepages.com P.S. I think Mac people use something called Pandora Boy?
  8. DW
    September 25, 2006 at 8:30am
    Heard you were in town - I'm a Pandora fan and permanent resident of RTP. Keep on rockin'...
  9. brad @ thetechlounge.com
    September 25, 2006 at 10:31am
    glad you had a great time in c-ville, tim! our coverage of the c-ville town hall meeting should be up soon! brad @ thetechlounge.com
  10. SteveB
    September 25, 2006 at 3:42pm
    Great talk, thanks for stopping by RTP. I took notes during the discussion as much as I was able to. http://badger.livejournal.com/1034066.html best regards, Steve B

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