"Oddity Viz"is a deconstruction of David Bowie's Space Oddity, broken into individual dimensions and engraved into records. designer Valentina D'Efilippo and researcher Miriam Quick undertook the project after the musician's death and created a series of art prints featuring The records. Each record focused on a single facet of the song like story, rhythm, or emotion. Check out the project at oddityviz.com or hear the creators talk about it on the Data Stories podcast


Awesome simplistic and interactive visualization of a Bach Cello Suites No. 1, Prelude.Created by Alexander Chen, the same guy who did the mta.me and the Les Paul Doodle for Google. (DMD graduate 2003 -> small world.)


Building as Narrative

Blake Carrington gives a building a new narrative based on its structural composition with his "Cathedral Scan" project.

"Cathedral Scan" translates the architectural plans of Gothic cathedrals into open-ended musical scores via custom software. Treating the plans as a kind of map, in the live performance Carrington navigates through them to create diverse rhythms, drones and textures."


What's Mainstream?

This timeline maps the listening trends of last.fm users in New York city and compares those trends to what the world has been listening to. The graphic does not indicate what the unit of measure is which determines the size of each artist's progression, however I would assume that the height relates to the number of plays or the number of listeners who frequent each artist.

I would be interested to see a comparison between a U.S. city and the entire U.S. or between two U.S. cities. Comparing one U.S. city to the entire world doesn't seem like an appropriate comparison. There is no way to sample the entire world since many places do not have internet access let alone access to digital music. A comparison between two metropolitan areas would give a more accurate sample for a comparison of this type.

The one thing I do love about this graphic is its clarity in displaying the differences in what could be considered mainstream music.

nyc subway

Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.