The strange words -- shoegaze, freak folk, doomcore, Viking metal, German show tunes -- scattered across the page look like the ravings of a madman. Further investigation, however, reveals the work of a beautiful mind. Or rather, an algorithm.
Every Noise At Once is the work of Glenn McDonald of The Echo Nest, a music data company recently acquired by Spotify. On the site, you'll find more than 1,200 musical genres plotted across the page in a seemingly random arrangement.
At the bottom of the page, the organization of the genres is explained: "Down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier."
Click on any of the genres to hear a 30-second sample via Spotify, and hover your cursor over a genre to see artist and track information of the sample. Click the double arrows that appear to the right of a genre when you click on it or hover over it to open a new page with representative bands of that genre. From this page, you can click on a band for a 30-second sample of its sound or click the double arrows to go to that band's page on Spotify.
In addition to the default map view, there is a list view that arranges genres neatly in a list with various filters to aid further exploration. And in list view, you are given an embedded Spotify player that queues up a playlist that allows you to listen to full tracks -- no subscription required.
You can toggle between map and list view by clicking the links at the top of the page. And when you are in map view, you can click the "scan" link at the top to explore genres by haphazardly jumping from one 30-second sample to the next. There is also a search bar at the top of the page that lets you enter artists to see which genre, or genres they fall into.
According to its Twitter page, Every Noise At Once is still gaining genres, so be sure to check it out to explore the many and varied musical genres from baroque to brostep, from aggrotech to zouglou.
Via Addictive Tips.