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Oct 01, 2020 2020-10-01

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Webs Displaying the Genealogies and Relationships of Popular Music Genres

The Musicmap is the ultimate genealogy of popular music genres, including their relations and history. More than 230 genres are connected in intricate webs of influence, mapped in a zoomable visual interface that organizes them all at macro and micro levels of description, and linked to explanatory articles and representative playlists (drawn from YouTube). The Musicmap spans the years of 1870 through 2016 and covers 22 major categories (with “Rock” further broken into six and “World” into three). In an oval around the colorful skyscraper-like “super-genres” are decades, moving from past to present, top to bottom. Zooming into the super-genres, users will see a web of links within and between the different subgenres (for example, between folk rock and classic metal). Those links may indicate parentage or influence—or backlash. Clicking on the name of each subgenre reveals a short synopsis and a playlist of representative songs. These two functions, in turn, link to each other, allowing users to click through in a more Wikipedia-like way. The left side of the screen includes a series of icons that reveal an introduction, abstract, methodology, navigational functions, a glossary of musical terms, and more.

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