Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music

Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music is an interactive online guide to electronic music created by Kenneth John Taylor, aka Ishkur.[1] The website consists of 153 subgenres and 818 sound files.[2] Genres include little-known ones like terrorcore and chemical breakbeat, and more popular genres like house or techno, diagrammed in a flowchart style.[1]

HistoryEdit

The guide was originally posted in 1999 as a Flash website and continually updated until 2001.[3]

On December 11, 2016, Ishkur announced on Twitter that a new version of the guide would be released in 2017.[4] Due to delays, Version 3.0 of the guide was instead released on August 20, 2019.[5][6] Unlike the first two versions of the guide, the updated version no longer uses Adobe Flash.[7]

ReceptionEdit

CMJ New Music Monthly praised the website for its "...ease of navigation, pithy genre descriptions, and fairly accurate audio accompaniment..."[1] Oliver Hurley of The Guardian referred to the site as an "epic online endeavour", but pointed that several of the genres were made up by Ishkur, such as "Buttrock Goa".[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Comer, M. Tye (April 2001). "Words Get in the Way". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. p. 89.
  2. ^ a b Hurley, Oliver (June 11, 2004). "Friday Review: Little Things We Like: Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music". The Guardian. p. 31. The epic online endeavour visually maps 153 (sub-)sub-genres, from those that you've actually heard of (disco, rave, garage) to ones that the eponymous Ishkur has almost certainly made up. (Buttrock Goa, anyone?)...there is a total of (presumably not entirely legal) 818 sound files.
  3. ^ Cameron, John (August 11, 2016). "This Guide to Electronic Music Genres from 2001 is a Blast from the Past". Magnetic Magazine. Retrieved January 12, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music Plans To Revamp Itself In 2017". EDM Sauce. July 18, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "The cult classic online guide to electronic music has (finally) been given an update". DJ Mag. 21 August 2019. Retrieved 2020-08-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Ishkur's guide to electronic music has finally been updated". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2020-08-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Baker, Brian (August 20, 2019). "Ishkur Quietly Releases His Fully-Updated Guide to Electronic Music, 3.0". EDM.com. Retrieved January 28, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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