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January 21, 2004

musicplasma : the music visual search engine

I contribute to three other blogs and have already written about this elsewhere today, but it's so interesting that I can't help double-dipping. musicplasma : the music visual search engine might solve a problem I've had for some time now: finding music I like.

There was a time when I knew everything that flashed by on MTV and a lot of obscure stuff, too. Now, it's all a blur. Alex has good taste in the latest music, as well as an appreciation for classics from the 80s and late 60s. He's brought some gems to my attention, like "She's the Girl All the Bad Guys Want" by Bowling for Soup. But once I hear something I like, where do I go for more like it?

That's where musicplasma comes in. Enter a starting point (like Bowling for Soup) and up comes a radar screen showing other groups that are like that in some way. Links to Amazon pop up as well, so you can hear snippets of the music and (gasp!) buy it, though I'm much more likely to hit the iTunes Music Store for that. What's like Bowling for Soup? According to this, New Found Glory, Sum 41, Mest, Sugarcult, Simple Plan and Good Charlotte. Never heard of any of them, but I'm going to sample them now.