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):
- 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