Monday, November 05, 2007

Genome Projects

Two projects of note:

Music Genome Project - The genius minds over at Pandora are working to "capture the essence of music at the fundamental level" using over 400 attributes to describe songs and a complex mathematical algorithm to organize them. A given song is represented by a vector containing approximately 150 genes. Each gene corresponds to a characteristic of the music, for example, vocal harmony, melody, level of distortion on the electric guitar, lyrics, etc.

They have compiled an in-depth analysis of music. You can start by choosing song or artist you like, and then create a station full of songs with musical qualities similar to your favorites. If, like me, you find yourself listening to a mix of NPR and Raffi, or those classic James Taylor faves, you may want to mix things up a bit and check this site out!

Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation - DNA analysis with the goal to illustrate how closely we, as members of the human family, are all related. Philanthropist James LeVoy Sorenson (of Salt Lake City), one of the project's founders and the program's namesake says, "I can't think of anything that matters more than reminding people everywhere that in a very real sense, we are all brothers and sisters." The Sorenson Molecular Genetic Foundation hopes to promote tolerance and peace by making people aware of our intricate ties. Request a kit and add your branch to the world genetic tree (for free to boot!).


Heidi said...

My family and I have really enjoyed Pandora! The second one is new to me, though!

Steve & Emi Edgley said...

I think I learned of Pandora through your blog Heidi! Thanks for the great tip! One more benefit of blogging...

Lauren said...

I'll have to check that out! My listening repertoire is the exact same as yours! ;)

kelly said...

about the second item:
that reminded me of a collection of photographs that has now been published in book form called The Family Of Man. It is a pictoral illustrating how we are all alike, no matter where we live. It showed parent/child relationships, people making music, sadness, happiness, etc... all from different cultures and backgrounds.
It is wonderful.
I'm going to check out this family tree thing.
thanks for sharing.