Every Noise at Once is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 3, genres by Spotify as of 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. Lots of other cool Spotify-scraping projects by the author at the bottom.
The site attempts to map every music genre that exists, no matter how obscure.
With a dizzying array of more than 1, genres, Every Noise At Once impresses with its scope and lets you listen to the world's many musical styles, from aggrotech to zouglou. The strange words -- shoegaze, freak folk, doomcore, Viking metal, German show tunes -- scattered across the page look like the ravings of a madman. Further investigation, however, reveals the work of a beautiful mind. Or rather, an algorithm. On the site, you'll find more than 1, musical genres plotted across the page in a seemingly random arrangement. At the bottom of the page, the organization of the genres is explained: "Down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier. Click on any of the genres to hear a second sample via Spotify, and hover your cursor over a genre to see artist and track information of the sample. Click the double arrows that appear to the right of a genre when you click on it or hover over it to open a new page with representative bands of that genre. From this page, you can click on a band for a second sample of its sound or click the double arrows to go to that band's page on Spotify. In addition to the default map view, there is a list view that arranges genres neatly in a list with various filters to aid further exploration.
You could argue that on the face of it, the project Every Noise At Once feels like staring into the abyss, and that the abyss is a completely straight line. Through the miracle of computer programming, the collective artistic genius and work of diverse individuals and cultures is flattened out into a single sprawling word cloud, with rock genres cluttering in the center, and other more remote musics pulsing off in seemingly stochastic drifts. Some might view it as a sign of impending doom, I suppose. But you could also see it as beautiful, fractal representation of the joys to be had in crossing cultures and musical styles; a vision of a world with the walls taken out. A zoomed-out view of a portion of the map. Every Noise at Once. You can click on any name to hear a second sample. Tapping the arrow at the right of each name allows you to dive deeper to see a map of all the artists associated with the genre of, say, veena , which is defined by its use of an Indian classical lute-like stringed instrument.
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