The folks at MIT Media Lab, NYU, and Peer 2 Peer University recently set out to teach the world how to manipulate music with a computer and a browser through interactive classes onPlayWithYourMusic.org.
When 5,282 people registered for the course, their suspicion that people would be interested in this were confirmed. Then, they had a new problem: how to split all of these people into groups, so that the people in each group would be into the same kinds of music. After all, one person’s beautiful bebop is another’s frantic nightmare, some people simply cannot abide reggae, and so on.
Before learning how to produce music together, these students first had to get along as music fans.