Explore the history of Pop -- and Punk, Jazz, and Folk -- with the Music TimelinePosted by +Alison Cichowlas and Tony Lam, Google Research
With newspapers, blogs, and websites wrapping up their Top Ten album lists for 2013, we thought we'd take a look at some favorite music a bit further in the past as well.
Today, we’re releasing a visualization to show which music has stood the test of time, and how genres and artists have risen and fallen in popularity. The Music Timeline (http://goo.gl/RYz8uN
) uses aggregated data from Google Play Music to show the changes in music genres over the decades.
Delve into changes in the vocabulary used to name artists and their work -- funk may be over as a genre, but as a band or album name it seems to be timeless. Or search for a particular artist to see the trajectory of their career -- contrast U2’s long-running reinvention and re-emergence from the ‘80s up to today, versus a one hit wonder like Los del Río’s 1995 Macarena.
We expect this is the first of many collaborations with the Music Recommendations and Discovery team (http://goo.gl/de0do7
For more explorations of how information visualization can make complex data accessible, useful, and even fun, check out the Big Picture project page, linked below.