Photo by Alexey Ruban
I have a Spotify playlist called “Halsey + Friends” that I consider my personal favorite genre of music. It’s got a more dark tone to it, but it is full of emotion, yet it isn’t *heavy*. It’s not pop, it’s certainly not R&B, and it’s not EDM. So what the hell is it? I couldn’t figure it out, hence the playlist name. Then, I discovered what has since become my favorite site as a music fanatic: Every Noise At Once. What is it?
According to creator Glenn McDonald,
“This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1538 genres by Spotify. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier”.
So basically, based on the acoustic qualities of any song, it can tell *how different* one genre is from another, based on its algorithm, and each genre and sub-genre is then assigned a name. Basically, Glenn created a giant genre map – and you can search the graph by artist names, and it will populate the genres under which they fall. Based on my playlist, I was able to determine my playlist was an amalgam of the following genres (follow the links to see which other artists fall into these genres):
Not only was this site great for affirming the genre classification of my favorite music, but it has also expanded my catalogue of artists that I could explore and add to the playlist. So not only is it a knowledge tool, but a discovery tool as well. Pretty neat!
The site not only has the genre scatter plot, but other fun algorithmically-generated content such as:
- Every Place At Once – playlists by city, comprised of songs the city over-indexes on playing relative to other cities listening habits
- Mapping genre origins to cities – ever claimed your city was what invented X genre? Now you can confirm it.
- New release genre-sorting
Enjoy getting lost and discovering the wonderful, niche genres that will make you laugh, smile, feel vindication, and sometimes make you say “What in the hell…”.
Here’s my personal favorite section to get a laugh out of:
If you can’t get behind voidgaze, deathgrind and psychedelic doom, GTFO.