Do you love music? I mean really LOVE it. If so, Musicmap is a must read for you and every music lover you know. I found the site thanks to a tweet from a Twitter follower named @InfinityEnds (check him out on SoundCloud). This became my Sunday rabbit-hole activity as I explored the site throughout the day. My major interest on Sunday was exploring the various popular music super-genres. These are the vertical bars displayed beneath the four “non-popular music” categories: Classical, Folk, World, and Utility music. With each subsequent site visit, I find something new.
Allow me to hit some introduction page highlights before we move to the other navigation menu items.
What is Musicmap:
Musicmap attempts to provide the ultimate genealogy of popular music genres, including their relations and history.
- Inform anyone, regardless of age and education, about the basic knowledge of music genres.
- Inspire people to explore the world of music, and discover music outside of their comfort zone.
- Improve existing music genre databases and to provide a complementary and necessary framework for automatic music taxonomy.
- Initiate a dialogue or start a platform (WIKI) in order to achieve a near-perfect and up-to-date overview.
- Motivate the use of genres while discouraging pigeonholing.
- Reduce discrimination and prejudice based on genre
Naturally, the introduction page goes into deeper detail on each of the bullet points.
The abstract page discusses the research nuts & bolts as well as defining genres. As an example, each vertical bar is a super-genre. Clicking on it opens a new pane with the genre’s description. On the bottom menu, clicking on the section containing the arrow, GENRES, and listview graphic opens up the clickable sub-genres section. Selecting a sub-genre opens a new pane that provides the sub-genre description, year it came into being, and offers a Playlist option from the bottom menu. Clicking on Playlist provides a YouTube playlist of that sub-genre (Spotify playlist is still “Coming soon”).
For the true music (and science) nerd, I mean lover, open up the methodology page. This is where you’ll find how they’re building the framework behind the super-genres, the structuring method, and the Carta. Speaking of… if you haven’t done so already, open the above Musicmap link and hover over a particular super-genre. Use your mouse’s scroll wheel to delve deeper into the sub-genres. If you find a sub-genre of interest, click on it to bring up the sub-genre description pane mentioned earlier. Drag the map around and scroll out slightly. Hover over a sub-genre and a connection map appears. Use the legend/layers navigation pane to learn how the genres connect.
You can also use the super-genres, search, and navigate menu buttons to alter the way you dig into any of the super/sub genres, artists, or songs. Check out the glossary if you’re unfamiliar with a genre or term.
How cool is that?