If you ever wanted to learn about the history of music and the insane amount of genres and subgenres, this map is for you. It features music in five categories: classical, folk, world, utility, and pop. Although the map focuses on pop, which is the largest genre of the bunch, you can still learn a bit about the other categories just by scrolling over and clicking on a category or by browsing through the interactive menu on the side.
The goal of the creators behind the Musicmap was to create the ultimate genealogy of the entire pop-music genre with this being the first phase of the project. Over the seven-plus years, they have been working on the map, they’ve compiled information from over 200 sources and playlists for every sub-genre in the pop-music category to develop an archive that provides an almost perfect analysis of all pop-music genres. The design of the map allows viewers to see how genres are interconnected, no matter how different, and a little bit of history of each.
The data provided is so extensive, you could sit in front of your computer for hours discovering new information about music that you’ve probably never even heard of. The current version utilizes YouTube to provide the playlist, but the makers plan to incorporate Spotify playlists in the future as well as hyperlinks and several improvements. The map gives you options to zoom-in on sub-genres to explore, or you can use the sidebar to search for a specific keyword or scroll through lists based on genres. Another feature that stands out is the methodology and the transparency offered by the creators of Musicmap. They break down the structure and go into detail about the framework of the map and why they chose to structure it the way they did. The explanation provided helps users to fully understand how to navigate through the map and interpret each of the layers.
Check out the map here.