Gnod stands for “Global Network of Discovery”, which promises “Let us use the latest technological advances to make us all discover more and better things”.
Alright, I’ll bite.
Gnod has two seconds: Project 1, which uses AI to discover new bands and Project 2, which invites us to “travel with the tourist map of music”.
Let’s start with Project 1. A takes us to an explanation page, promoting Gnod’s’ self-adaptation system ‘which’ teaches the outside world by asking its visitors what they like and what they do not like “. The next page offers three fields that prompt you to add the names of three favorite groups. I choose Nine Inch Nails, Oasis and The Who. Gnod immediately came back with a recommendation from the Stone Roses as well as three choices: “I like this”, “I don’t like it” and “I don’t know”. As I like the Stone Roses, I licked “I like it”.
A series of other recommendations followed. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (like), The Bagatelles (I don’t know, what’s the point, right?), The Music (interesting, but I’m not a fan), Jesus and Mary Chain (like), and Charlatans United Kingdom (as). Then came this recommendation.
I guess Gnod was suggesting The Verve. Okay, “like”. But then this came.
I could be wrong, but maybe Gnod was pushing me towards The Charlatans, a ’60s band that forced the’ 90s band to add “UK” to their name.
From there we went through The Upwelling (I don’t know) and The Go (I don’t know, so I said “I don’t know”) before a comments page popped up asking comments. I pointed out the spelling mistakes. The next page provides a summary of your session with your likes, dislikes, and what you don’t know.
Now for project 2. The first page asked me to type in the name of an artist that I would like to find on the “musical tourist map”. I chose Tool. This brought me to this graph, which is not unlike what we see with Every Noise at Once.
Clicking on any of the names on the map will rearrange things with that act in the center.
It’s pretty cool, really. Gnod also offers film, book and art discovery trips. I think I’ll play with this for a while. Thanks to Brian from Channel 98.9 in Corry PA for the tip.