If you were around in the early 2000s and you had even a passing interest in electronic music, you probably spent some time diving into Ishkur’s Map of Electronic Music. It was essentially an interactive family tree of electronic music with tongue-in-cheek Wikipedia-style entries for every genre. Sadly, 2005 saw the demise of the Adobe Flash-based musical encyclopedia.
Now, Ishkur’s Map of Electronic Music has been overhauled and updated. And with a whopping 166 genres covered and 11,321 tracks available across all those genres, it’s possibly the most comprehensive guide to the development of electronic music ever created. It’s certainly the most fun to use.
The most interesting thing about the project is that you can actually listen to 90-second snippets of songs from the relevant genre and year, encouraging exploration.
If you’ve ever been unsure about a subgenre of electronic music but were too afraid to ask, this is for you.
Ishkur’s Map of Electronic Music is freely available to explore here.