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How can I view a song's genome traits?

zylstra
Local Performer

How can I view a song's music genome traits?

Where can I view a list of all Music Genome traits?

 
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AlyssaPandora
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Hi, @zylstra. 👋

Thanks so much for your interest. 

The Music Genome Project is a growing collection of music with over 1,000,000 songs. Trained musicians listen to each song and categorize it in terms of hundreds of specific attributes. Specific details on the inner workings of the MGP and Pandora algorithm's are mostly confidential as this is considered intellectual property. That being said, we won't be able to provide a list of traits. 

More about MGP:

For example: Does the lead singer have a breathy voice? How distorted is the rhythm guitar? What key is it in? What tempo? Time signature? Are the lyrics about love? Loneliness? This comprehensive taxonomy makes it possible to use mathematical heuristic techniques to identify groups of similar songs. Pandora plays songs selected to match the various musicological characteristics of songs selected as inputs by the listener. 

Pandora also allows the listener to give feedback on songs that play via "Thumbs up" and "Thumbs down". Thumbs indicate that the listener likes or dislikes one or more elements of that song. The Pandora algorithm responds by playing more songs that share characteristics with the positively rated songs – and fewer songs that sound like the negatively rated songs. Over time, each station will predominantly play songs the listener likes. Thousands of new songs are added to the collection every week. Those that share characteristics of songs positively rated by the listener will play too. 

In the meantime, you can view "Features of this Song" for most songs on Pandora. 

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Hope this information is helpful, and to see you around the community space more often! 🎧

 

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quick
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To be honest Alyssa, your answer, though informative, doesn't even answer the user's question. I don't know for sure, but it sure seems to me like the answer to zylstra's question is:

(A)  While playing your "MY STATION", on any currently playing song, you see the album cover, and below it the Song Title.  To the right of the song title is the "3-dot" MORE menu (looks like  • • • ), click it and a popup appears - click the bottom choice "WHY THIS SONG ?".  If it's been catalogued by the Music Genome Project,  it will display the music 
characteristics of that current song and why the algorithm selected it to fit the style of your Station.

(B)  CLICK on the Song Title and you will go to that song's detail page. You'll see the album cover and to its right "SONG CREDITS".  You're looking for "FEATURES OF THIS SONG", under which you see the genome's list of styles and influences in this music.
(*Depending on how wide you've dragged open your browser, you'll either see "Features of this Song" column displayed right underneath "Song Credits" — or it will be further to the right of "Song Credits" in a separate column. 

AlyssaPandora
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Thanks for your feedback, @quick. Clicking on "Why this song?" also shares features of a particular track. 

Appreciate you taking the time to provide these details for other listeners who may have a similar question. Hope to see you around the community space more often. 🎧

Alyssa | Community Moderator
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zylstra
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Thanks, @quick.  The two methods you propose give different lists of traits (for the song I viewed at least).  Perhaps both are an incomplete list of traits?  Or one is a complete list and the other is not a trait list per se?

@AlyssaPandora may have answered one of my questions with her response, "we won't be able to provide a list of traits." if she was responding to my second question.

(I always find it better to ask one question at a time, a finding which I did not follow.  🙂  )

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