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It's a computer science project. Oh, wait. It's actually a music project. Or perhaps a statistics project? Something to do with community outreach?
Maybe we should just call it what it is: Megsradio, an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort out of IC's School of Humanities and Sciences that seeks to bring music to the people.
Headed up by H&S computer science assistant professor Doug Turnbull, Megsradio is a music service (think Pandora or Spotify) that utilizes intricate programming to respond to the likes and dislikes of online listeners, using pathways between artists and songs to find new music the user might enjoy hearing. And more than that, it seeks to explore something many of IC's students -- as well as local community members -- already know: the area has a killer music scene.
"With Megsradio, we want to contextualize local music by playing it alongside music you're already familiar with," Doug says. "I think people will come to realize there are really cool local bands in Ithaca that they can check out."
Junior Kris Stensland is a computer science major. He's been tasked with gussying up Megsradio -- moving it from a rudimentary interface to a lively, well-designed, and functional visual presence.
"For me it's all about the experience. This is my opportunity to take the stuff I learned in classes and expand my skill set," Kris says. "I'm excited to see it go live because it's something I've put so much work into."
Doug and Kris hope to get the site up and running by January 2013. And they wouldn't be that close if it wasn't for the help of the Ithaca College Annual Fund. Money from the fund was used to purchase music rights, licenses, and other necessities to get the project rolling.
Because of you, Kris is having the experiences that will prepare him for a career in computer science, and Doug has the resources to help him. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity to Ithaca College.