I updated the list with a lot of changes and additions.
To offer some insights in some decisions and compromises I made:
In a flat 3-level music genre sheet like this, it is not possible to have all hierarchies being of the same nature. (class)
By that I mean that as a starting point you may want to use actual genres.
But for e.g. classical music, you may want to be able to initially filter on period/era category.
For some traditional music you may want to filter on region of origin.
For music having similar ancestry or sounding similar, you may want to have categories on cultural region, or perhaps language families.
Or perhaps you prefer using exact geographic locations and countries.
So using the same class for everything is not realistic or even doable.
Music genres can not always be split up in simply a main genre and a subgenre.
Some genres are quite solitaire and won't even have a subgenre variant. Others may have a lot of offspring, and need much more levels, or much better, a relational database to organise and name them.
Note that due to these restrictions the headers 'Genre' and 'Subgenre' should not be taken too literal.
It will often be more something like 'child of' or 'similar to'.
It should be clear that biassed decisions and compromises have been made.
You will probably spot them when you analyse the sheet…
I should probably also elaborate on the 'Ethnic' categories a bit.
They aim to contain genres that:
- are still in some authentic shape or form
- are performed on authentic original instruments
- haven't spread around the world much
- are mainly performed and appreciated in a limited region
As soon as one or more of these criteria don't apply any more to a certain level, the genres become candidates for non-ethnic categories.
But how to do that and where they then should end up exactly is quite a brain-breaker.
For now a couple of them ended up in 'African' and 'Asian'.
But I am not completely happy and satisfied about how all of that has turned out.
I'll probably put my thinking cap on again this weekend.
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Suggestions for improvements are welcome.
But please do consider the—most likely unavoidable—domino effect of a proposed change to the structure very well.
And do consider if it would be a substantial general improvement on practical use of the map in MusicBee (which is my main objective with it), or if it would only make it more 'correct'.download Genre-Subgenre sheet
Note that in the download link I also added a custom genre grouping list you can copy/paste into MusicBee.
It is an exact representation of the genre map.
It is appreciated if some of you could test it and report possible issues.
Update: Don't import and test it yet. It seems MusicBee has a problem with it's size and won't load it's contents somewhere after line 1260.
For now the grouping list exclusively contains all genres and subgenres that are in the genre map.
If all seems to be working well, I will later probably also add some genres to this grouping list that didn't pass my rather strict criteria for the map.
Those will probably be the genres that are curated and used by Discogs and MusicBrainz. So for users auto-tagging their music using these sources, that music will then also show-up when using MusicBee's Genre category features.