Posts Tagged genre

Learn about a new genre every day

The Echo Nest knows about 800 genres of music (and that number is growing all the time). Among those 800 genres are ones that you already know about, like ‘jazz’,’rock’ and ‘classical’. But there are also hundreds of genres that you’ve probably never heard of. Genres like Filthstep,  Dangdut or Skweee.  Perhaps the best way to explore the genre space is via Every Noise at Once (built by Echo Nest genre-master Glenn McDonald).  Every Noise At Once shows you the whole genre space, allowing you to explore the rich and varied universe of music.  However, Every Noise at Once can be like drinking Champagne  from a firehose – there’s just too much to take in all at once (it is, after all, every noise – at once).  If you’d like to take a slower and more measured approach to learning about new music genres, you may be interested in Genre-A-Day.

Genre-A-Day is a web app that presents a new genre every day.  Genre-A-Day tells you about the genre,  shows you some representative artists for the genre,  lets you explore similar genres, and lets you listen to music in the genre.

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If you spend a few minutes every day reading about and listening to a new genre, after a few months you’ll be a much more well-rounded music listener, and after a few years your knowledge of genres will rival most musicologists’.

An easy way to make Genre-A-Day part of your daily routine is to follow @GenreADay on twitter. GenreADay will post a single tweet, once a day like so:

Under the hood - Genre-A-Day was built using the just released genre methods of The Echo Nest API. These methods allow you to get detailed info on the set of genres, the top artists for the genres, similar genres and so on. It also uses the super nifty genre presets in the playlist API that allow you to craft the genre-radio listener for someone who is new to the genre (core), for someone who is a long time listener of the genre (in rotation), or for someone looking for the newest music in that genre (emerging).  The source code for Genre-A-Day is on github.

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Know your genre

Not sure what the difference is between Black Metal or Death Metal? Looking for the quintessential nerdcore track? Confused about how 3rd wave ska relates to ska?  Check out  Know your Genre for all the answers.

Know your Genre is a website built by Sam Richardson that helps you better understand the world of music genres.  Type in the name of a genre, and Know Your Genre will bring you to a page devoted to the genre where you  listen to the best examples, see the most representative bands and discuss the genre with other fans.    There’s an interesting crowd sourcing component to Know Your Genre.  You can submit your favorite example of a song for a particular genre.  For example, I submitted Tales of Topographic Oceans by Yes to the Progressive Rock page.  It is now sitting at the end of a long list of examples (with my single vote), but if people decide that ToTO really is the pinnacle of the progrock movement, it will be voted up, reddit style to the top of the prog rock page. (Clearly, this needs to happen, currently there’s a song by Offspring on the top of the progrock heap.)

Know your genre is a well designed site, with lots of nice touches. Sam says he’s going to continue to build on the site, his ultimate plan being to build a timeline of music from pre history through to modern day music with examples of the evolution.   Imagine a version of Ishkur’s guide but for all music, or an updated version of Reebee Garofalo’s Genealogy of Pop/Rock Music, that  is hyperlinked to bios, audio and video.  I’m looking forward to seeing what Sam does with Know Your Genre.

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Genre of the week: Arnocore

Mix death metal with lyrics based on the films of Arnold Schwarzenegger and you have Arnocore.   Some examples:

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Austrian Death Machine

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Some more Arnocore:

Thanks for the tip Matthew.

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Genre of the week: Parrotcore

Hatebeak is a death metal band whose lead vocalist is 19 year old Waldo a Congo African Grey Parrot.

Albums include:

And don’t forget the parrotcore groupies:

Read more about Hate Beak on Boing Bong:   Death metal band with parrot as lead singer — Hatebeak.  Listen to Parrotcore at Last.fm (Thanks Steve)

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