I’m trying to imagine what it might be like to design an Amazon warehouse. A typical fulfillment centre covers at least a million square feet and features zillions of kilometres of shelving.
And given that Amazon is about speed–the company is always trying to cut the gap between the time you click “checkout” and when the package shows up at your door–they’re always looking for the most efficient ways to find whatever you ordered on those shelves and stuff it into a box.
The logistics of this are mind-boggling. Not only does Amazon have to categorize millions of items, but they have to be grouped in such a way that products in demand don’t create choke points for the robots that grab the stuff off the shelves.
Music is a lot like an Amazon warehouse, except worse. Not only do we have to categorize everything down to a very granular level, but we also have to make it possible for us to fortuitously stumble over something we might like.
This is where we get into the whole idea of genres. At last count, Spotify has organized its music universe into 2,424 different genres. There’s also a website called EveryNoiseAtOnce that lists about 2,000 different genres.
This is both terrifying and fascinating. And it deserves study.
Songs heard on this show:
Art Brut, Formed a Band
Stone Roses, She Bangs the Drums
Oasis, Live Forever
Mighty Lemon Drops, Happy Head
Lana Del Rey, Blue Jeans
Washed out, Feel It All Around
Nine Inch Nails, The Hand That Feeds
The Creepshow, Run for Your Life
Bangles, Hero Takes a Fall
Belle and Sebastian, The Boy with the Arab Strap
Playlistists Eric Wilhite has this for us.
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