Years ago there were really only a few kinds of music: classical, jazz, blues, folk, and rock n’ roll. When musicians started mixing them together, new musical genres emerged. Now, according to “data alchemist” Glenn McDonald, there are over 1200 types of music in the world. Do you listen to vaporwave? Are you a fan of deep filthstep? Do you rock out to skweee?
You could spend hours roaming around McDonald’s website, Every Noise At Once, “an ongoing attempt to build an algorithmically generated map of the entire musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed by Spotify’s music-intelligence division, The Echo Nest.” The website lists 1264 genres of music, and you can listen to samples of each before exploring the subgenres and artists in more detail. Whether you’re into shimmer pop, horror punk, or warm drone, this is a music-lover’s paradise, and the sort of thing that your obsessive music nerd friends will just love.