Monday, May 26, 2014

"Discovr" the 6 Degrees of Separation in Music

"Music is the moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, 
flight to the imagination and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."

If you are still searching for music through the internet, you might as well be holding up a boombox blasting your favorite mix tape. 

Time for a 21st century vehicle to get you to the music you want!

Remember the last time you were introduced to someone and it went something like this?

"Hey,  this is my relative Joe. Joe is my third cousin's wife's brother's nephew, We look alike, don't we?" You probably were thinking, "No, not at all." Then you find out that Joe actually went to school with your sister's husband and Joe's best friend grew up next door to you.  It's called the "six degrees of separation."  We've all heard about the six degrees of separation which explains that we are all just six introductions away from every person on the planet. 

Which brings me to the  fascinating app Discovr. It's the six degrees of separation music app. It's helps you find more music based on the bands you enjoy.  I'm a sucker for graphic organizers, so this is right up my alley. It goes beyond Pandora and Spotify as it actually shows connections between different bands and allows you to keep searching with a quick tap. It does all the work for you because it brings the music that matters most to you in a systematic, organized interface.

Here's an example of how it works:

I recently started reading Anthony Kiedis' autobiography, Scar Tissue. Naturally, I have this newfound interest in listening to more Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes.  I began wondering what other bands have the same type of vibe. So I just clicked on "search" in the Discovr app, typed in "Red Hot Chili Peppers" and it instantly gave me a music map. The map webbed out more bands in that genre. Some bands I had heard of, others not at all.  This is where it gets exciting, you access music new to you! Some of the bands will not be familiar to you and/or you may not have heard of all their songs. Check out the bands which may not be popular.  Anthony Kiedis simply said, "music that I really love and believe in and think is extraordinary honest and beautiful doesn't always become popular."

When you hold down your finger on the band's name you get several options.

When you double tap on the band's name you get these options: 

Alert: Discovr can get addicting as it is an endless resource of how to stay affiliated with the bands you delight in and search for new music to dance to.  Sometimes, it even brings you back to music that you have forgotten you loved. I looked up Of Monsters and Men the other day and found out they are "related" to The Weeks, an indie rock band from the South started by a couple of talented teenagers. Haven't listened to The Weeks in years, so I downloaded one of my favorite songs: Buttons, all within less than a minute! This app can be what you want it to be; six degrees of (song) separation, (concert) vine, (instrumental) family tree, or the circle of (lyrical) life. 

Summer is here. Find some great music that's new to you or reconnect with the music you've taken a break from...then turn it up!

We all need more cowbell.
One video that Discvr linked me to was the Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Drum off from the Jimmy Fallon Show.

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