Category Archives: Tech

A ‘global’ heatmap by athletics-app creator Strava that shows humanity’s collective activity via 27 billion miles of logged data representing 200,000 cumulative years of swimming, running, cycling, and winter activities.

Explore it here.

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Off The Staff: visualisations of classical music (digitally generated using free music notation software Muse Score and Open Score) by ‘designer, data freak and fractal nut’ Nicholas Rougeux.

Above (from top): The Four Seasons: Winter, Antonio Vivaldi;  William Tell Overture, Gioachino Rossini and Flight of the Bumblebee, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

In these circular sweeps, as if laid down by the minute hand of a clock, each instrument is represented by a different colour. Each dot represents a note in the score. Pitch is indicated by the distance from the centre of the image, while the time at which the note occurs is given by the angle from the 12 o’clock position. The size of the dot indicates the duration of the note.

Rougeux (who, rather adorably, can’t read sheet music) adapts the traditional representation of scale, telling MyModernMet:

I did away with that and showed all notes in their natural position on the scale—distance from center—no matter how high (farther) or low (closer) they were. Essentially, while sheet music shows notes from different scales on the same staff, my project shows different staffs on the same scale—hence the name, Off the Staff.

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To demonstrate the size of a Formula 1 racing car, Motorsport Network employs Augmented Reality software  to place an incredibly realistic CG model of one in their office space.

Is it real? No, it’s not. Or is it? No, it’s AR. But is it though? Yes, it is.

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A 2011 short by Masahiko Sato and Kohji Robert Yamamoto combining motion-tracking data of a ballerina’s dance with the vintage animation technique of rotoscoping.

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An experimental art film by Maxim Zhestkov featuring the movement of over two billion black and white spheres in a series of enclosed spaces.

The physics of each animation (flow, diffusion, pressure, etc.) is displayed by subtle text on the walls of each space. Zhestkov sez:

The film is a trial to explore the idea that everything around us and inside us is made from simple elements or blocks which can be arranged in complex relationships and become compound structures. We could project this idea into emotions, behaviors, thought processes, relationships, life, planets and the universe.

Now for yiz.

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Leave the modern world behind and marvel at the canny woodcraft of the Primitive Technology channel, a chap in Queensland who makes all manner of ingenious devices in the wild using only natural materials – in this case, a monjolo, or water-powered hammer traditionally used to pound grain to flour or crush clay for porcelain.

More here.

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