Musicmap | The Genealogy and History of Popular Music Genres

“Check out the ultimate genealogy of popular #MusicGenres and their history on #musicmap! #MusicIsARight #EducateYourself”

Source: Musicmap | The Genealogy and History of Popular Music Genres

I find the design of this compelling, and the web programming to be robust. It is too bad that one cannot search the text for keywords, or link to particular material.

I don’t recognise any of the names contributing to this project, but it is nice that they list a bunch of literature (in “acknowledgements”). They uncritically cite the too-often-uncritically-cited work of Fabbri (“A THEORY OF MUSICAL GENRES: TWO APPLICATIONS”), but also uncritically cite work that contradicts what they are trying to accomplish (“A Taxonomy of Musical Genres” by F. Pachet and D. Cazaly).

The “Abstract” has a subsection, “The Definition of Genre”, but is missing a definition. (“Genre” is also missing from the “Glossary”.) Instead, this subsection consists of several strange pronouncements that echo Fabbri’s hand waving. This appears throughout the various other descriptions (“Introduction” and “Methodology”), sometimes accompanied by strange political fervor (e.g., “Musicmap believes that knowledge about music genres is a universal right and should be part of basic education, alongside other forms of art” in “Introduction”).

#GenreKnowledgeIsAHumanRight #Keep’nAristotle’n