Interactive map of global origins and circulation of dance music

At the first network meeting in Norwich yesterday as part of his presentation on the AHRC-funded Bass Culture project, Mykaell Riley showed us a terrific slide of an interactive map of popular music spreading around the world over the past 200 years. He then told us (to the surprise of most of us) that it had been produced not by the music industry, or a tech-savvy music historian, but by Thomson’s travel company as part of a publicity drive for their holiday package tours around music tourism.

The original is called ‘How music travels: the evolution of Western dance music.’ You can find it here, including a useful note about methodology and the limits of the graphic. I thought it was worth sharing for network friends. (I like to play it slowly, and disagree.)

Click image to open interactive version (via Thomson Holidays).


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