I‘ve chased music around nearly every day of my life. One of my earliest memories is running all the way home from elementary school to choreograph disco moves in our basement. At that same age my piano teacher generously made simplified arrangements of my favorite pop songs so that I could play them.

I have a favorite sound: wind. Maybe that’s why I’m partial to classical minimalism — waves of continual sound washing over you….

_DSC2829(1)As a Music Analyst of 15 years at Pandora, my specialties include pop and classical. And I’m constantly chasing that exhilarating feeling of discovering something new. My current loves include John Luther AdamsBecome Ocean (speaking of sound waves) and anything by Laura Mvula.

The pinnacles of my experience as a musician seem to be quantifiable — the larger the ensemble, the more satisfied I am — playing in a crazy, 14-piece, free jazz, big band; singing in the musical Hair and playing my own music (with a horn section) as LikeLove. When it comes to pop music, I gravitate toward full, rich, kitchen-sink walls of sound. And I like trying to create those soundscapes.

I’m one of 30 music analysts (all musicians) whose job is to help capture and catalog hundreds of musical attributes for each song on Pandora. We call this massive catalog the Music Genome Project. I share our work with visiting artists and often show them their closest musical bedfellows based on the Music Genome — sometimes it’s surprising, funny or just very logical. The Genome excites me and so does the future of music. Who knows what else we can do with the Music Genome? It’s a vast universe and we’re building new playgrounds on which to run and discover.

Comments

  1. Leslie Stockton
    September 21, 2015 at 7:06am
    Great write - such passion in it lol :) happy week to you guy's :)
    Reply
  2. Germaen herrera
    September 21, 2015 at 11:54am
    I am a producer and I have a several productions ready in Itune and many other platforms, my interest introduced my music in Pandora. Can you tell me how can I do this Att Germaen herrera
    Reply
    1. PandoraSupport
      September 22, 2015 at 12:18pm
      Hi Germaen - are you interested in submitting music to us? If so, please contact us here and someone from our Artist Support team will reach out: http://pdora.co/writeus. -Kim
      Reply
  3. rd609184@icloud.com
    September 21, 2015 at 2:21pm
    You are very smart am love music. With music anything is possible an without music the world would be a lonely place. Ty Rich
    Reply
  4. Recentpro
    October 01, 2015 at 11:38pm
    Wonderful stuff here! Terrifically interesting ideas. Awesome work!
    Reply

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