Welp, so long workday …
There are tons of musical genres available in the world right now. Some are classic buoys of the industry, rooted deep in historical context or iconic performers of the style. Others, well, others are pretty fucking stupid, often the creation of a wordy blogger type with an unfulfilled necessity to feel important. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
That doesn't mean they're any less of a branch in the massive tree of music. Just as they exist, so too does the sound and acts that make the grouping an actual thing. The Echo Nest, "a music intelligence and data platform for developers and media companies" (that was bought by Spotify back in 2014), has done its best by creating a working model of every genre known to listeners as of right now (it comes pretty close).
Per the scatter plot, The Echo Nest says:
This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1387 genres by The Echo Nest. 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.
Click here to get sucked into the massive graph, titled "Every Noise At Once" that's sure to kill a few hours of work.
Tip: roll over the genre with your mouse to get a random song of the sound in question, click ">>" to experience artists in that particular realm.
This thing is fucking addicting …