Coolfer points us to EMI and Last.fm’s new experiment in music discovery: map making! They’re calling their new system “tuneglue-audiomap,” and here’s how it works: Head here, type in an artist, and click the circle that pops up representing that band. When you expand, tuneglue will generate a visual web of similar-sounding artists. Of course, EMI artists will stick out on the otherwise two-toned map with lots or pretty rainbow colors in place of the drab black node.

Interesting idea, but not so useful yet. (Aren’t all the kids hearing about cool bands from Zune squriting, anyway?) But there are at least two fun aspects of tunelage. For one, type in “Sound Team” — and get Marc Hogan’s nightmare playlist!

Or try typing in Nirvana. Expand … and the map is almost as depressing as “Pennyroyal Tea.” That weirds us out to the max. Now you go. Have fun!

Comments (19)
  1. sounds like pandora.com

  2. El Payo  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2006 0

    Doesn’t work in Safari. For me anyway.

  3. It’s sad how after a point, it can’t branch off anymore and just keep shifting about…

  4. Nice idea, but absolutely useless. Its an annoying version of the related artists section of last.fm. The problem with last.fm’s related artists thing is that it just bases it on what the majority of the people listening to an artist listen to, there isn’t necessarily a real connection with the music. There are some where you type in an indie band and get crazy metal connections.

  5. Kyle  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2006 0

    Here’s one based on Amazon’s recommendation engine:

    http://www.liveplasma.com/

  6. docbrown  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2006 0

    kind of cool, but i worked with it for a while, and didn’t really find any new artists. maybe it would be helpful for someone with a more limited knowledge of music.

  7. type in Wu Tang Clan or any member. they have their own self sustaining solar system.

  8. yes  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2006 0

    marc hogan’s nightmare list and MINE
    those bands SUCK

  9. mercator  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2006 0

    those bands give me an icky feeling. thank god the internet has empowered really shitty bands. kinda like the indie-blog version of major mags and critics hailing the vines as the next beatles, or p4k stroking off CYHSY as the saviors of indie rock. saturation sux. as for recommendations, you’re better off listening to a friend you trust, or looking at a recommendation from amazon on your next purchase (toolish? whatever, probably, but it works fine enough.)

  10. polly's lips  |   Posted on Dec 15th, 2006 0

    i was pleasantly surprised to go from twilight singers to tv on the radio. somebody’s been paying attention. the next jump after that though gives you sufjan, wolf parade, bss, arcade fire, animal collective, AND yo la tengo?that’s just lazy.

  11. This is an old idea. During the dot-com craze six years ago or so someone else was doing this — perhaps MongoMusic? My memory’s fuzzy.

  12. Well…there’s 15 min. I’ll never get back.

  13. zurie  |   Posted on Dec 15th, 2006 0

    does anyone read comments other than their own?
    liveplasma is the one that’s been around for half a dozen years in various incarnations.

  14. Pretty much the identical thing at:
    http://www.dimvision.com/musicmap/

  15. Kim  |   Posted on Dec 15th, 2006 0

    http://www.gnod.net/ has had the same thing running for years (with books and movies as well).

  16. juepucta  |   Posted on Dec 16th, 2006 0

    Liveplasma does it better.

    -G.

  17. Great. Now why can’t they do something like this for PORN.

  18. Reminds me of something I just saw.
    http://musicovery.com/index.php?ct=us.

    Not exactly the same tool, but it’s in the realm. Except useful.

  19. Gvaz  |   Posted on Dec 22nd, 2006 0

    seems really interesting i like it. good for music noobs, so i’ll show this off to my friends

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