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How's that again, Pandora?

So we have a subscription to Pandora, the "music genome project." The idea is that you "seed" a channel with one or two songs and then it extrapolates from those to play others that you might like. You can thumbs-up or thumbs-down a given song to sort of train it on what you like. Generally, it isn't bad and I've discovered two or three new groups (e.g., Oysterband) that I really like through them.

When it plays a new song, it offers you the option to query it, "Why is this song playing?" Normally you get answers like, "This song has close harmonies and a folksy sound" or "This song has a strong melody line and a complex backbeat."

This evening we queried a song Pandora played on our Pretorius channel.

The response was, "This song has amazing sackbuttlery."

I can't even bwahahahaaaaaaa type that without laughing :D

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iulia_linnea
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:22 am (UTC)
What is "sackbuttlery"?
delphipsmith
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
Exactly! It must be "people playing the sackbut in an amazing manner" but it's certainly a bit giggle-inducing, isn't it?
iulia_linnea
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)
It's the best description from Pandora, ever! :D
duniazade
Oct. 8th, 2013 12:25 pm (UTC)
Superb! *giggles*
delphipsmith
Oct. 9th, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
I know, right? I'm now trying to figure out ways to work "sackbutlery" into casual conversation at work.
mundungus42
Oct. 8th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
Pandora rises several notches in my estimation for that. That's definitely better than "hella wicked glissandi." And having marched sackbut, I have to ask- what track/artist was it??

Sackbuttlery is definitely better than "sackbutting" or "sackbuttery," which sounds vaguely obscene.
delphipsmith
Oct. 9th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
Sadly I did not jot it down (I was too busy giggling) so I don't know, but given that we started with Praetorius' Terpsichore it has to have been something 16th-century-ish...

Yeah, "sackbuttery" would just be wrong lol
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