Mar 31 2008

zgarrett

Pandora and Live Mocha

Posted at 10:14 am under Uncategorized

Read on to get access to a sweet international music radio station, personalized for you by the LLC. Also, learn how to use Live Mocha, a site that makes language learning accessible for anyone with an internet connection.


Many of you probably use Pandora, an internet radio link that allows you to select specific songs or artists and then creates radio stations with songs that are similar to your selection is a variety of ways. As its catch phrase suggests, this Music Genome Project is basically an huge effort to categorize music and group similarities into the personalized radio stations you demand.
From their website: “Since we started back in 2000, we have been hard at work on the Music Genome Project. It’s the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. Together our team of fifty musician-analysts has been listening to music, one song at a time, studying and collecting literally hundreds of musical details on every song. It takes 20-30 minutes per song to capture all of the little details that give each recording its magical sound – melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics … and more – close to 400 attributes! We continue this work every day to keep up with the incredible flow of great new music coming from studios, stadiums and garages around the country.”
The LLC has created an account where we have added stations from our favorite groups. Log in and listen to your heart’s content.

username: llc@willamette.edu
password: language

The other neat thing we found is the site Live Mocha, a webpage that allows you to sign up for classes, do drills, and when you are ready, connect with native speakers to put your language skills to the test. This is a neat site as it offers language help to both beginners and intermediates learners with the computer based classes, as well as to the experts and extroverts with the ability to connect to native speakers. Classes are currently offered in Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi and Spanish. Sign in and check it out.

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