“The beat bang is in you!” claims the Google Play store listing for Beat Bang, a new music discovery app from Belgian collective the Médiatheque. Aimed at smartphones and tablets, it focuses on electronic music from 1988 to 2012, providing a way for people to browse hundreds of albums through 30-second samples, artist profiles, articles and links. The app uses a constellation of bubbles to navigate all this content, which is reminiscent of several iOS music discovery apps from recent times (Hitlantis and Sonarflow, for example). Beat Bang ties into Amazon’s MP3 Store to buy music, with its developers saying they have plans to extend the app further back in time “to the origins in the early twentieth century”. The app is free to download and use, and there’s also a website version.

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