Just discovered Pandora.com. After suffering through the blather of radio DJs and the vomit of ads for, oh, close to fifty years, at last I can enjoy listening! I’ve set up a “station” based on things like Weather Report, Brian Eno, and Kraftwerk. The technology does seem to work — it’s finding things I like that I don’t necessarily know about. Right now Pat Metheny is jamming.
I think a lot about people’s relationship to music. Like, what purpose does music serve in people’s lives? In the collective life of a society? I’m not sure the Internet really has the power to redefine that … but Pandora is surely a step in the right direction.
Wonder how long it will be before the capitalists figure out a way to ruin it.