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22 May 2004 @ 11:48 am
Allow me a moment of immaturity  
OMG! MusicPlasma is SOOOOOOOOOOOO cool! Thank you Kallah!!!

It's known just about everybody i put in there, Rush (although it's not _as_ usefull in that case, their music is great, but it's the lyrics and memes that really make them something special) Evanescence, Faith and the Muse, and Heather Alexander.

It couldn't find Aikawa Nanase or Nobuo Uematsu, which didn't suprise me up until i found out that it has "Final Fantasy," "Game Music," "Manga," and "Yasunori Mitsuda." Strangely, the Final Fantasy discography is empty, but they have Final Fantasy CDs listed for Game Music :)

I think the links to amazon are a smart idea, but they'd probably get even better results if they linked to iTunes samples or something similar as well. If i'm actually looking for someone new i'll probably want to hear something from them before buying it, and if i wander off to find a sample it's unlikely that i'll remember/care enough to come back to the site later to get them credit with amazon. (For that matter, i'd probably go to BarnesAndNoble.com instead so i could avoid giving amazon money.)

It's fun to just roam around and see what you find. I've found some interesting sounding bands, and currently i'm trying to figure out how to get from The Beatles (the biggest dot i've seen so far) to Rush. It's more difficult than it sounds, because the links aren't all bidirectional. You can get to The Beatles straight from Rush, but not many groups show Rush in return.
 
 
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Kallahkallah on May 22nd, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
Isn't it? I managed to get from Jethro Tull to October Project in it. :-)
DonAithnendonaithnen on May 22nd, 2004 12:52 pm (UTC)
Who is October Project? I randomly ended up there as well, from Heather Alexander through a group callled "Midiaeval Baebes."

It's really hard to go from a "large" group to a "small" group.

Rush has seven or eight links off of it i think, but only three of those are of about the same size or larger and link back, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, and Kansas.

So far the best way i've found is from The Beatles, to Pink Floyd, to Cream, to ZZ Top, to Van Halen... er, no, straight to Rush actually. Strange, a lot of closer bands don't have a link to Rush, but for some reason Rush shows up on ZZ Top's page.
Kallahkallah on May 22nd, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC)
Hm. Not really sure how to describe them, actually, you really need to hear them...
Kirinkirinn on May 22nd, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
Veddy Interesting.
Now I'm wondering:
Do the default colors mean anything?
How is the data generated? Are they just using Amazon "user also bought" info? Or did someone enter a ridiculous amount of data by hand? It _looks_ like it ought to be a collaborative database type thing, but I don't see any way to enter new data... Hmm. Pity it seems to have almost no documentation, unless I'm just missing it.