Exploring the connection between music and memories through interactive data visualization.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The connection between life and music is ubiquitous. But, we rarely think about it with intention. With this project I began to consciously explore how life and music fit together.
Inspired by the work of Nicholas Felton, this interactive data visualization, created in Processing, shows my music listening stats over the course of 2014. Three views allow you to delve into weekly play count data into various degrees of depth; by total plays, by genre and by artist. Key life events from my personal and work calendars are mapped alongside listens on the top timeline.
This is just the beginning. In the future, I’d like to find more direct correlations between specific songs, artists and patterns, with particular memories.
INITIAL SHARPIE SKETCHES
At the end of each day, I run a script my friend Peter Taraba wrote for me. The script exports iTunes’ .xml file with all of my music library data synced from my various devices, and compiles a spreadsheet with previous library records to track how I listen to music over time.
TOOLS & LANGUAGE
This project was entirely coded by hand using Processing, a programming language and environment for designers and artists. The language is based off of Java.