Music

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How generative music works

Generative music comes from the design of a system that produces notes that follow a set of rules. Tero Parviainen provides a detailed, interactive explainer for how this works in practice using ample examples. Take your time with this one. Tags: music

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Visualization song release

Ukranian band Obiymy Doschu released a new song Razom. “It’s a uplifting and tender song about being afraid of your own hapiness and holding your feelings inside, and that sometimes just a little step in the direction of a loved one will help you find yourself again.” Sounds good to me. The lead singer is also an engineer at Mapbox, and he made a visualization to accompany a song. Each...

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Music preference geography

Travel to different parts of the country, and you hear different types of music on replay. Josh Katz for The Upshot mapped the regionality based on the popularity of artists on YouTube. Of the artists on the Billboard Top 100 this spring, we looked at the 50 that were most watched on YouTube in the United States between January 2016 and April 2017. Each map shows relative popularity in different...

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Classical music visualized

Artist Nicholas Rouguex visualized some musical scores in his project Off the Staff. I can’t read music but I can parse it. The talent of reading music has always escaped me which is a little ironic considering I grew up in a musical family. However, I’ve always enjoyed how sheet music looks so I took a shot at visualizing the notes from musical scores and the result is this series...

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Making the Seinfeld theme song with Bieber, Diplo, and Skrillex

Last year the New York Times interviewed Justin Bieber, Diplo, and Skrillex about how they put together their song Where Are Ü Now. NYT coupled the video with data visualization elements that helped you understand what the artists talked about. Pretty great. Now here’s what happens when you switch out the original song and insert the Seinfeld theme song. what if Bieber diplo and skrilex created the seinfeld themehttps://t.co/BUTOrNDwGQ —...

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Charted history of music, from its origins to present

Musicmap is an attempt to show the history of music over time and how it came to be what it is today. Musicmap attempts to provide the ultimate genealogy of popular music genres, including their relations and history. It is the result of more than seven years of research with over 200 listed sources and cross examination of many other visual genealogies. Its aim is to focus on the delicate...

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Graphing all the music

Glenn McDonald attempts to graph the musical space in its entirety on a two-dimensional scale. He calls it Every Noise at Once. This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1491 genres by Spotify. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric,...

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Life transition seen through music listening

Quantified Selfie is a project to find narratives in an individual’s personal dataset. It’s not about optimization or self-improvement. It’s about facets of the everyday, which is my favorite kind of personal data collection. In the most recent addition, peek into a woman’s rocky move from San Francisco to New York, through the lens of her music listening habits over a year. [via Waxy] Tags: music

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Music timeline plays through decades of top songs

The Year that Music Died from Polygraph is an animated timeline that shows the Billboard top 5 songs since 1956, all the while playing the top song during a given week. The visualization itself is fairly straightforward, but I like how everything shifts so smoothly. Artist thumbnails move up and down matching their position on the music chart, the number one songs play without sounding jerky, and a counter on...

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Galaxy of cover songs

A fun one from Interactive Things that shows cover songs with a galaxy metaphor: The panorama view shows the 50 top songs as individual planetary systems with the original work as the sun. Each planet represents a version of the song and it’s appearance indicates characteristics including genre, popularity, tempo, valence, energy, and speechiness. The radius of its orbit around the sun shows the years between the publication dates. This...

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