Every Noise at Once

Every Noise at Once

I love structure. Bringing some level of order into a messy collection of things or data, fighting entropy... I like it! Ok, I know what you are thinking... typical case of OCD. Can often be found with designers, not a problem, don't worry man! 

But hey, the point I am trying to make is that organizing stuff it is not that difficult, for most things at least. Categorizing photos for example, works fine based on life events or trips I made. Or emails - just take projects, departments, or teams as your categories. Books, even movies - no problem. And especially all those files in all those cloud drives. It can be annoying and takes time, but it can be done and the categorization works afterwards, even if completely subjective and arbitrary.

But the one type of "stuff" I gave up on organizing is music. I tried it, really. Most obvious is organizing it by genres - but that seems impossible for me. A song can fit into so many different genres at the same time and even define a new genre altogether. And then, it might perfectly fit - let's say Flamenco Guitar on a sunny Friday evening but sounds like Grisly Death Metal on that rainy Monday morning.

So I gave up and only collect music in various playlists without an attempt to anyhow describe what type of music this actually is. And then I stumbled over "Every Noise at Once" either as a confirmation that it's pretty impossible to have a valid and objective way to classify music - or as a proposal that it can be done but (and I just need to try harder) - not sure yet. But this tool is awesome!

It maps 1700 music genres from Spotify into a large explorable map, where you can have a short preview of each genre. Clicking further gives a few artists from that category and links you through to their artist page. Pretty cool to explore and find new music. 

They say "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."

I will still stick to my organic playlists for music - but this made me discover a few new tracks! Have a look...

A tiny music tip

A tiny music tip

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Starman on his way to Mars...