Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music

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Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music is an online guide to electronic music created by Kenneth John Taylor, aka Ishkur.[1] It covers over 100 subgenres, such as terrorcore and chemical breakbeat, diagrammed in a flowchart style.[1] The guide was originally posted in 1999 and continually updated until 2001.[2] The site consists of 153 subgenres and 818 sound files.[3]

On December 11, 2016, Ishkur announced that a new version of the guide would be released in 2017 on Twitter.[4] About a year later, Ishkur tweeted the project had been delayed shortly, and that the finished product was coming "soon".[5][better source needed]


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".[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Comer, M. Tye (April 2001). "Words Get in the Way". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. p. 89. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music Plans To Revamp Itself In 2017". EDM Sauce. July 18, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2018. 
  5. ^ @IshkursEMGuide (31 December 2017). "Oh dear me, the graphic designer got this all screwed up..." (Tweet) – via Twitter. 

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