Data Stories: Pitch Detection, Animated Scores, and Comparing Pop Sound
Explore music with data visualization by comparing soloists, animating complex orchestral music, and graphing a trend toward similarity in popular music.
- By Upside Staff
- September 12, 2018
The pictured chart shows five different interpretations of the clarinet solo that opens George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. In the full article, hear the recordings and learn how pitch detection was used to create the chart.
Even if you don’t know how to read traditional music notation, you can follow this animated score for Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The complexity of this piece makes it particularly interesting to explore in this format.
The New York Times charted the similarity of recent pop hits in this interactive visual feature. However, the authors see indications that top-charting songs are now becoming more diverse again.