Saturday, February 14, 2015

Earthquake music

Hands down coolest thing I've seen on the internet this month!!

If the Earth's tremors were performed by a full orchestra, it might sound like creative technologist David Johnson’s “data auralizations.” Using 100 years of global earthquake data—a set that consists of over 780,000 points—he created The Poseidon Ensemble ....
.....In The Poseidon Ensemble, Johnson’s program divides the world into eight regions that are assigned a particular group of instruments. Each group has its own special role: the double bass and cello chime in when there’s an earthquake in Alaska, a bassoon sings when there’s one in Australia, a trio of french horns, timpanis and tubas blast when earthquakes with a magnitude greater than eight occur. “The challenge I faced was giving the listener as much information about a seismic event as possible in only a single note, so I set about experimenting with different techniques,”

What blows me away when listening to is could this be used (to uncover hidden data) anywhere else?

Could you "hear" the latest consumer shopping reports to uncover financial movements not seen in columns or graphs on a spreadsheet.

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