We here at Spinner enjoy doing some deep research on projects, but going through every Beatles song and figuring out which member played what instrument? That just seems nuts.
Concert mosh pits are a niche phenomenon even among humans, but researchers at Cornell have found that their movement can be modeled using parameters based on the collision of gas particles.
At this weekend’s bicoastal Datafest hackathon, participants developed a stunning array of tools for transparency. We saw a map of Silicon Valley campaign contributions and located lawmakers skipping out on Capitol Hill votes in our Party Time database.
The FMS Symphony entry was one of the top prize winners in New York, and voted best in show by the audience at both Stanford and Columbia. Data analysts partnered with journalists from Reuters, the New York Times, the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast to scrape eight years of otherwise unparsable balance sheets that the U.S. Treasury issues every day to “create the first-ever electronically searchable database of the Federal government’s daily cash spending and borrowing.”
CSV Soundsystem, as the group puckishly dubbed itself, turned this into revealing data visualizations to illustrate its findings. The team literally made music of its work, interpreting the data in sound:
"Chords were selected based on the derivative of account balance, and a melody was composed based on the federal interest rate. We also included a contrapuntal riff driven by the distance between accumulated federal debt and the legal debt ceiling," the team wrote.
Using the mouth, lips, tongue and voice to generate sounds that one might never expect to come from the human body is the specialty of the artists known as beatboxers. Now scientists have used scanners to peer into a beatboxer as he performed his craft to reveal the secrets of this mysterious art.
Dorothy, who brought us The Song Map and also The Film Map, has released its two latest prints (above) which look to celebrate colourful song titles and band names by displaying them in colour wheels that look a little like vinyl LPs…
An interactive map of their live-show story.