"Radio taught us what it was like to live in a world controlled by payola. We will never trade the emerging promise of the open Internet for one that is narrowed by Internet payola.”
- Toomey, e. director of the Future of Music Coalition
One of the beautiful things about computers is that they can listen. It seems that most people have neglected this and simply use web as another method of cheap broadcast, which is a lot like a deaf person shouting at people. The experience with Pandora, and other companies like it, is like sitting over coffee and having a conversation.
My greatest wish with music is a reconciliation with how it sounds, what it expresses, and how it feels to play. As a musician, I find that I can never create something that will satisfy all three. On a lighter note, I have no idea how to describe the music i like, which is why Pandora is infinitely more useful to me then some guy at a music store trying to offer suggestions.
I am the founder of Fractal Tribe and Red Penguin Records, both of which are companies that are bringing new tools to budding artists. We come from a time where broadcast caused the Lowest Common Denominator to dominate our mass marketed media: the more average the art, the greater its value. We are heading into a time where media can be tailored to individuals, bringing more value to uniqueness, creativity, and depth of connection: the better the fit, the greater its value. We at Fractal Tribe are doing are best to build a better fit.