Glenn McDonald is the guy who wrote the amazing, obsessive, beautiful music blog The War Against Silence, now mostly dormant. I admire him for writing tens of thousands of words about Alanis Morissette, whom he, and I, and maybe nobody else, still consider an important cultural figure. He’s also a pretty hardcore data analyst. I’ve often fallen down the rabbit hole of his analysis of the Pazz and Jop ballots.
Now he works for Echo Nest, the Greater Boston music startup that sponsored the Music Hack Day I participated in a couple of years ago. And his latest project, Every Noise At Once, is a map of all music. Seriously! A map of all music! By which I mean: an embedding of the set of genres tracked by EN into the Euclidean plane, and, for each genre, an embedding of bands tagged in that genre.