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What would you get if you analysed the connections between artists on Last.FM and drew them as a map?

This is the cloud view - click through for larger versions, annotated versions, and a zoomable / searchable map.

Each colour represents a different genre of music.

Date: 2009-04-22 12:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pauln.livejournal.com
So most of it comes back to Radiohead, Led Zep and Massive Attack then - with a small side order of Ludwig van and Miles Davies.

Date: 2009-04-22 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfs.livejournal.com
Bear in mind it's not all music; it's the popular artists on last.fm.

But otherwise, yes :-)

Date: 2009-04-22 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suicideally.livejournal.com
Electro seems to be the dominant genre :)

Date: 2009-04-22 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfs.livejournal.com
I was actually thinking that electro is the most isolated; you can see a comparatively huge gap between the orange and the rest of the universe.

Date: 2009-04-22 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caddyman.livejournal.com
That is true art: beautifully futile.

I would have a print of that for my wall, if they sell them.

Date: 2009-04-22 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfs.livejournal.com
If you click through, there's a set of high res versions.

Date: 2009-04-22 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caddyman.livejournal.com
Yes, I saw that - now all I need is a good quality printer that handles large sheets of glossy paper!

Date: 2009-04-22 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] packbat.livejournal.com
A print shop, perhaps?

Date: 2009-04-22 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sea-strands.livejournal.com
Ooh I see an orange unicorn!

Date: 2009-04-22 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfs.livejournal.com
An electronic orange unicorn, no less :-)

Date: 2009-04-22 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] packbat.livejournal.com
Every one of my favorite artists I've looked up so far are on or near the line between Michael Jackson and Pearl Jam. What. The. Heck.

Date: 2009-04-22 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jfs.livejournal.com
I think it's one of the gorgeous things about such dataclouds and folksonomies; they make connections that we then need to explain.

So who were you looking up?

Date: 2009-04-22 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] packbat.livejournal.com
My last.fm profile (you can guess the account name), Alanis Morissette, Paul Simon, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, R.E.M., Eurythmics, James Taylor, KT Tunstall ... they didn't have 10,000 Maniacs, and I recognize a few artists with songs I like elsewhere in the grid, but the vast majority are in that oval.

Date: 2009-04-22 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] packbat.livejournal.com
Okay, going through my iTunes list of five-star tracks, the only exceptions I find are:

  • Nancy Sinatra, for "These Boots are Made for Walkin'".
  • Peter Gabriel, for "Red Rain" and "That Voice Again".
  • The Temptations, for "I Can't Get Next To You" (but note that they're along the same line, just outside the segment!).
  • (arguably) Wreckless Eric, for "Whole Wide World".

So out of 39 artists represented, you have 4 exceptions and 3 (Empires, Parts and Labor, and 10,000 Maniacs) which are unlisted. And those account for 5 and 6 of the 87 songs on the list, respectively. Which adds up to between 82% and 90% of my 'favorite artists' (measured by "any five-star songs") on record, and between 87% and 94% of my favorite songs on record. And of the 4, the only distant outlier is The Temptations, which, as I mentioned, is on an extension of the line segment.

No idea what it means.

Edit: Hey, you can make a comma-delineated list in the interactive viewer!

I guess "Muse to t.A.T.u." is more accurate...
Edited Date: 2009-04-22 08:53 pm (UTC)

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