Connecting the dots
September 29, 2015 4:45 PM   Subscribe

Discograph generates an interactive visualization of relationships between nearly 5 million artists, bands and labels, based on data from the database.
Examples: The Beatles | The Fall | Neil Young
posted by porn in the woods (17 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Wow the performance on this is awful. Like early flash/shockwave stuff on a slow system or something.

I mean it's really cool, but it's running at like 2fps here.
posted by emptythought at 4:59 PM on September 29, 2015

Man, I spent hours pouring over Peter Frame's Rock Family Trees as a teen - I can see getting similarly lost here.
posted by ryanshepard at 5:55 PM on September 29, 2015

Doesn't have Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash? Does have David Allen Coe, but he's all alone with no connections.
posted by jeffamaphone at 6:25 PM on September 29, 2015

THIS IS CLEARLY WRONG in postulating The Fall as a separate entity from Mark E Smith!
posted by maupuia at 6:31 PM on September 29, 2015 [2 favorites]

My band is an island!
posted by TheCoug at 7:03 PM on September 29, 2015

Seen a million things like this, never really saw the point.
Looked through the discogs website, joined, etc., 2 things:

1) It seems to be aimed at people who collect music on physical formats, which, OK, fetishes gonna fetish and

2) It has a genre called "Folk, World, & Country", so basically Peter, Paul and Mary, Afro Celt Sound System and Dixie Chicks?
posted by signal at 7:15 PM on September 29, 2015

If we're going to Pete Frame, here's (derail) a personal favorite, I'm obliged to say.
posted by datawrangler at 7:16 PM on September 29, 2015

Continuing the derail, here's the Rock Family Trees page. To be fair, whatever gets people interested in connections between musicians, however tenuous, warms the cockles of my [Mad Libs, anyone?].
posted by datawrangler at 7:21 PM on September 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

It seems to me the *massive* difference here is the size of the reference data, and discogs is deep.
Kleenex/LiLiPUT : Not found on the above linked sites, Is found in discogs data via this interface.

I find it intriguing that I can connect Kimya Dawson and Mr. Bungle in 6 hops. Yet it does give suggestions of things that I might be interested in en route.

And the search is a bit flakey, but it does have:
Willie Nelson:
Johnny Cash:
posted by Jack Karaoke at 8:49 PM on September 29, 2015

Well, I learned something from that. Apparently there is a good chance I saw Bruce Hornsby play as a member of the Greatful Dead:
posted by el io at 9:41 PM on September 29, 2015

Very cool! I've been playing around with the discogs data and d3 graph display recently (for separate projects) so it's great to see them combined.
posted by ropeladder at 1:49 AM on September 30, 2015

Google Play Music used to have a similar (but much more limited) feature in the Android app. It was pretty neat getting a visual representation of the links between various artists/songs, especially given the samples of the actual music.

Like so many of the interesting things Google does, it was silently dropped in some update to the app.
posted by wierdo at 2:04 AM on September 30, 2015

I mean it's really cool, but it's running at like 2fps here.

It runs quite zippily on Safari on a MacBook Pro. It doesn't respond to events on Firefox, though.
posted by acb at 6:11 AM on September 30, 2015

It's a sign of progress that this is now doable in JavaScript; I remember when one needed to use Java for it (anyone remember the TouchGraph LiveJournal Browser, which was typically five clicks from crashing a UNIX/X workstation), and then various Flash implementations (which were typically oversugared with bouncy animations and lickable gloss, and ran like dogs).
posted by acb at 6:13 AM on September 30, 2015

This is great!

I am enjoying putting in random numbers. Well, when I say random I mean sequential. Artist number 3 is Josh Wink who has plenty of links, artist 6 is K.A.B. who doesn't have any : (
posted by asok at 7:25 AM on September 30, 2015

The site is down for me, but it would be very remiss of me not to point people unaware of its existence towards Every Noise at Once.
posted by bouvin at 11:15 AM on September 30, 2015

There are way more interesting Kirsty MacColl connections than they return.
posted by lagomorphius at 11:38 AM on September 30, 2015

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