Bryan ClarkFormer Managing Editor, TNW
Bryan is a freelance journalist. Bryan is a freelance journalist.
Quick, do you know the difference between Danish and German pop? How about pointing out the nuances that shift EDM music from the deep neo-synthpop genre into tribal house?
Yeah, me neither.
Engineer Glenn McDonald, in an attempt to chart different types of music, created a website back in 2013 that brought together over 500 genres and attempted to find the artists that best fit inside. Dubbed a “music intelligence platform,” McDonald’s creation, ‘Every Noise at Once,’ uses AI to help answer questions like, “what is rock?” Once the AI was dialed in to answer simpler queries, McDonald expanded on it to find the answer to more obscure questions, or genres, as it were. Now, his creation features over 1,500 genres, and some are quite obscure.
I mean, have you ever heard of indie poptimism, deep filthstep, or nu gaze?
McDonald’s algorithm has. And not only does it categorize genres by others the musical stylings closely align with, it provides an audio sample of each with a click. Or, you can click the arrow after hovering to see the artists that best fit inside based on scraped Spotify data.
Here are just a few of the artists Every Noise at Once found for the gangster rap genre:
It’s not perfect, but it’s damn close.
And just like the main genre page, you can click each artist to get a sample of their sound. Or, you can click the double arrow to open a Spotify playlist of the selected artist. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, go to the main page and hit the scan button to listen to five second samples of each genre.
It’s definitely got your weekend tunes covered.
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