Wandering a Spotify Analyst's Mad Music Map

Have you ever wondered how many music genres there are? Spotify data analyst Glenn McDonald has an answer to the question—and he’s built the map to illustrate it. Every Noise at Once catalogues over 1,500 genres ranging from the esoteric (modern uplift, deep discofox, power violence) to the outright bizarre (solipsynthm, terrorcore, and something called catstep).

Published at Pop Matters





How Two DJs Are Defying the Iranian Government with Techno

Since the late 1970s, the Iranian government has regulated many of life’s pleasures, including music. Imam Khomeini considered the art “no different than opium” — a sentiment that was echoed in a conservative Iranian newspaper: “Whoever acquired the habit [of music] can no longer devote himself to important activities.”

Published at Hyperallergic

Tristan Perich: Working Inside 1-Bit's Insane Limits

Personal computers stand as one of the most substantial inventions of the 20th century, to some great extent because of how they’ve reframed our very identities. Our laptops, tablets and phones intersect with many branches of our lives, especially the methods by which we entertain ourselves.

Published at Decoder Magazine

How Blackmagic Design is Democratizing Resolve

Resolve's 12.5 beta has been loaded with features that make the life of a colorist easier. Color is a crucial part of the process, and having multiple tools to affect the image enables colorists to address clients' needs in a rapid and varied manner.

Published at No Film School

Zeena Parkins Modernizes The Harp And Jolts Ears

Outside a small church in Brooklyn, a crowd lingers in the September air, delaying facing the pine-scented humidity inside. A modest drum kit and a small harp wait in front of the pulpit. The triangular harp catches the eye, a sleek, minimalist update of its bulky orchestral ancestor.

Published at Decoder Magazine

The Black Angels: Southern Psych’s Leaders

The Black Angels are keeping psychedelic music alive. Their groove-based brand of brooding psych rock spans across four LPs and several side projects. The band also started Austin’s annual Levitation Festival (formerly Psych Fest), a showcase for contemporary psych bands.

Published at Subrewind

Nice to Meet You: A Journey into North Korea

There are sanctioned tours that travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), better known as North Korea. I decided to join a tour centering around the 70th anniversary of the Worker’s Party of Korea.

Published At Across The Margin