Every Noise at Once is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed by The Echo Nest.
The Sounds of Places attempts to apply some of the same logic to the most distinctive listening behavior of each country, remapping the countries not by their coordinates on the crust of the Earth, but by the acoustic characteristics of their music.
The calibration is fuzzy, but in general right is more organic, left is more mechanical and electric; up is denser and more atmospheric, down is spikier and bouncier. (This is a 90-degree rotation from the main genre map
, but it makes the geometry correspond to geography a little, which is bizarre and intriguing.)
Click any linked country to go to a Spotify playlist of the most distinctive music people listen to there (you need Spotify for this to work).
The map only shows the countries for which we have enough music to calculate their aggregate acoustic characteristics, and only links the ones for which Spotify has sufficient listening activity to produce useful playlists.