Thursday, June 19, 2014

This Interactive map shows how every Provo band is connected

Posted By on June 19, 2014, 12:06 PM

Packed with numerous talented musicians and producers, the Provo music scene can seem vast, even though the location of all the action is relatively small. And with so many of these skilled folks collaborating and joining one another’s bands, keeping track of the who’s and where’s of the scene is a daunting prospect. To help connect the dots, Dean Cheesman—who been running the sound at Velour Live Music Gallery for six years—created an expansive and interactive “family tree” of Provo’s bands with Marcos Minond and Sam Beveridge.---

Peek into the Matrix by clicking the image below.

Using the Javascript library D3.js, this elaborate web of names is essentially a cooler version of "6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon" and really shows how expansive and incestuous the Provo music scene is. There are currently more than 400 musical acts with more than 700 connections. Even though the chart seems expansive, Cheesman isn’t surprised at the amount of musicians and their many links. “In fact, the chart feels incomplete,” Cheesman says.

In the waving web, intriguing connections to seemingly diverse musicians can be found. Scott Wiley, producer at June Audio, acts as a central hub as he has worked with acts like Neon Trees, Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband, Fictionist, and The Moth & The Flame. And oh hey, whaddya know, Tyler Osmond from Desert Noises is related to Donnie Osmond!

“There’s something for everyone’s tastes if they look for it,” said Cheesman who is hoping that this web of connections will help other musicians realize that there is a strong music scene in Provo. “It’s also not hard to get involved,” Cheesman says. “Find people with similar interests, start a band, and get on the chart!"

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