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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.

 

Graphing Pitch

Mechanical Scribe

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.

 

Sound as Color and Motion

Rite of Spring (Youtube)

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.

 

Trends in Popular Sound

New York Times

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.

 

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