EDM is often criticized for its overabundance of subgenres. From glitch hop to doomcore to nu electro, our conversations about music sound like absolute gibberish to those on the outside. However, a new chart created by The Echo Nest has shown that electronic music isn’t alone.
Using an algorithmic process and over 1,300 individual music genres, Echo Nest has compiled one of the most complete compilations to date. The result is a staggering list of words and phrases never before seen by the likes of our staff. Genres old and new are presented alongside those similar to them. By clicking on the name itself, a song example can be listened to. By clicking the arrow next to it, the page will take you to another chart of artists that inhabit that specific genre. Reddit user jcodec describes the chart as follows:
The Map mode is an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1385 genres by The Echo Nest. 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.
Check out the full chart HERE, and let us know some of the hilarious genres and artists you stumble upon. Below are a few of our favorites: