chris horgan
podcast_mic.jpgOur guest this week is Chris Horgan, the captain of Pandora’s Dance Music Genome. He’s a rhythmatist, and the subject this week is time changes — specifically, abrupt changes in BPM that use a beat subdivision to pivot to the new tempo. That’s called “Metric Modulation,” and it can be a startlingly effective way for a full band to jump immediately into a new feel, without the potentially awkward process of speeding up or slowing down.

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  1. Jay
    April 25, 2008 at 9:58am
    I just want you to know that Pandora and the Music Genome Project is one of my favorite things! I listen while I'm at work. What can I do as an appreciative listner? E-mail me back! I wish I could get it on my cell phone, but I would have wait until my contract is up to change to the phones it on with at&t. Thank you so much! I can not believe you exist and operate the way you do. It is as if you get inside the mind of your listners!! Thank you so much!
  2. Lucia @ Pandora
    April 28, 2008 at 1:23pm
    Wow, thanks so much, Jay! I'll email you. :) Lucia, from Pandora
  3. Scott Bringe
    April 29, 2008 at 6:16am
    Hey Chris, I'm glad you removed that comment of mine, that idea about the sixteenth note five-lets etc... was a daft idea anyway. More like an exercise in futility as the actual time change is not much. I don't know who I was trying to impress. I do like playing 16th note 5-lets and 7-lets and accenting every other note so that they feel like eighth notes but slightly faster than they should be. Just wanted to say I think you guys are doing a great job.
  4. Kevin Seal
    April 30, 2008 at 9:18am
    Thanks, Scott! 5-lets and 7-lets can be a wonderful spice, for sure. Thanks for listening, and we're pleased to hear that you enjoyed the episode(s).
  5. Marie
    April 30, 2008 at 12:05pm
    One of Pandora's strongest components, for me, is the ability to look at a song and figure out why I like what I like! I have very eclectic tastes yet know what I enjoy hearing. Why do some songs by an artist flop, yet others are great? Why do I like various genres? Is there a common thread to all the tunes I enjoy? The breakdown by prfessionals teaches me and leads me to new places and understandings. That metacognition is critical. I get the "don't need to rebuild a motor to drive a car"- but I value the insights provided jsut the same. And thanks for adding classical, now my musical journey of self discovery is all the more complex!
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    May 01, 2008 at 10:31pm
    i don't even know what i've found, as i've just found it, but i feel like it must be illegal, i am so happy. and people are quoting glen gould? i am freaking out for joy.
  7. Lucia @ Pandora
    May 02, 2008 at 1:21pm
    Thanks so much, Marie and Beth! You guys are the best. Cheers, Lucia
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    May 12, 2008 at 2:37pm
    could you guys add a rating system? that way people can rate stations, and you can visit top rated stations.
  9. Lucia @ Pandora
    May 15, 2008 at 11:33am
    Thanks for the suggestion! :) Lucia

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