What Is “Escape Room” And Why Is It One Of My Top Genres On Spotify? Using data

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What Is “Escape Room” And Why Is It One Of My Top Genres On Spotify? Using data

By: Cherie Hu

What makes reliving one’s year in music so appealing and enjoyable? In 2016 - and in every other year - it’s all about the weirdness.
Every December, Spotify publishes a data-driven annual recap of individual and collective listening trends called the Year in Music. For 2016, the streaming service decided to take a slightly more subdued approach, opting for a one-off email campaign and a collection of playlists on the service as opposed to the colorful, standalone websites that we saw in 2014 and 2015.

If you listen to a wide-enough range of music on Spotify, some pretty bizarre genres can emerge in your year-end roundups. For instance, one of my top genres in 2015 was “dreamo,” an obscure combination of “dreamy” and “emo” that only came up on my list because I binge-listened to MUTEMATH’s discography (and no other dreamo artist) that year.

This year proved to be even stranger. Spotify’s delivery to my inbox yesterday afternoon revealed my top five genres of 2016: Indie R&B, Deep Indie R&B, Indietronica, Indie Rock, and ...
Escape Room?

The first thought that came to mind when I read that email: Escape Room is not a genre. I grew up playing tons of lo-fi, point-and-click escape-the-room adventure games online, so the term “escape room” carries a rather specific cultural significance to me that is completely unrelated to music.

I was further intrigued and confused when I found virtually nothing written about “escape room music” online. The “Escape room” and “Escape the room” Wikipedia entries refer to the physical and digital manifestations of the game, and do not mention music or sound.

Read More/Original Source: https://festivalpeak.com/what-is-escape-room-and-why-is-it-one-of-my-top-genres-on-spotify-a886372f003f#.6zfpqc2kp

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