Show Notes for Technology & the Arts Podcast #5

In the fifth installment of the “Technology and the Arts” podcast, Tim Westergren, founder of the Music Genome Project and the Pandora online music service, is interviewed. Other topics discussed are Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ “Thoughts on Music” and its impact on the music industry, and several interesting Web sites relevant to technology and the arts. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 18 MB. Time: 37 min., 35 sec.

Links related to this episode:

  • Watch John Shave – The post on that shows John shaving off all his facial hair for the first time in about 15 years.
  • Madie’s Life in Bear Country – A serial fiction book and podcast by Marsha Loftis, a new friend of Technology and the Arts.
  • Robert J. Novins Planetarium – The Web site of the currently closed planetarium on the campus of Ocean County College in Toms River, N.J. The planetarium is in desperate need of repairs and upgrades, and a recently announced $2.5 million gift to the facility has apparently turned out to be bogus (source: OCC Viking News).
  • Favicons – John’s links to favicon galleries, generators and resources.
  • The Rasterbator – This open-source tool creates huge, rasterized images from any picture. Upload an image, print the resulting multi-page PDF file and assemble the pages into an extremely cool looking poster up to 20 meters in size.
  • CSS Templates – John’s links to cascading style sheet templates and resources.
  • Portfolio Base – Showcasing the best portfolios from around the world.
  • Poems For All – A project of the 24th street irregular press, Poems For All are small poems in small booklets half the size of a business card scattered around in public places like seeds by those who want to see poetry grow in a barren cultural landscape.
  • SampleSwap.orgFree, professional quality audio samples. (But I would proceed with caution before using some of these in your own musical work. – BK)
  • ComicSpace.comComicSpace is a community of more than 12,600 comic fans and creators… hosting more than 3,200 comic galleries… containing more than 30,000 comic pages!
  • – The site of Brian’s longtime friend (and, at various points in time, employer). For more of his artistic work, visit his blog or his recently created MySpace site. (Here is the direct link to the post I mention in the podcast. – BK)
  • Colour By Numbers (English version) – A light installation in Stockholm, Sweden, that can be viewed on the Web and controlled by anyone via telephone.
  • – The Web site of famed rock ‘n’ roll music producer Eddie Kramer, featuring many photographs taken by Kramer of the many artists (including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, etc.) with whom he has worked.
  • “Thoughts on Music” – This essay, attributed to Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs, was posted on the Apple Web site February 6. In the piece, Jobs asks the major record labels to consider eliminating the need for digital rights management features on tracks sold by online music download services like Apple’s iTunes Store.
  • Pandora – This online music service allows you to use the names of your favorite songs or artists and – using the power of the Music Genome Project – finds similar songs and artists based on your request. Pandora puts this music for you in a personalized, streaming online station. You can create as many stations as you want and you can refine them based on various feedback options.
  • TechCrunch: Social Music Overview – An overview of social music sites, such as Pandora and
  • J0hn’s Pandora Profile – John’s Pandora stations, lists of bookmarked songs and artists, and my most thumbed-up and thumbed-down artists. (John…really…what’s up with giving a thumbs down to David Bowie? – BK)
  • Brian’s Pandora Profile – Brian’s Pandora stations, lists of bookmarked songs and artists, and my most thumbed-up and thumbed-down artists. (Also, note on my profile that the Dave Matthews Band appears on my most thumbed-up AND thumbed-down lists…this is because I keep getting DMB on my Ben Folds station and I don’t think DMB belongs there so I always suggest that it not be played on my Ben Folds station. However, when DMB shows up on my Midlake station, I’ll usually give a thumbs up. I just listen to my Ben Folds station a lot more than the others. – BK)
  • Decoder Ring Theatre – The Web site of Decoder Ring Theatre, founded by Gregg Taylor, who will be our interview subject in our next podcast (March 7, 2007).

Pictured above: Pandora founder TIm Westergren (third from right) poses with his local “street team” in the lobby of the Princeton Garden Theatre in Princeton, N.J., on Feb. 8, 2007. (Brian Kelley/Technology and the Arts)