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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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Thought you might be interested to see what’s going up on Hanover Quay. It’s a project sponsored by DCC and Codema and designed by new Irish architecture practice de Siún Scullion Architects.  It’s literally five minutes of Irish oil use.  The project intends to make visible what is normally much discussed, but rarely seen.

To wit:

As we are all well aware, non-renewables energy sources are finite and are being consumed at an alarming rate. The rate at which these resources are being depleted can be expressed in a number of ways (CO2 per annum, Exajoules per country, TWh per capita etc), most of which are too abstract or on too colossal a scale for us to comprehend.

5CUBE takes a single fuel source we can all relate to in terms of volume, cost, and rate of usage and physically demonstrates how much is exhausted within a very short period of time.

The architects calculated that 473 barrels of oil are consumed every five minutes in Ireland. That’s a cubed volume of 4.2m. The 5CUBE represents this volume as a black glass-clad cube.

MORE: 5Cube In The Docklands (Irish Architecture Foundation)

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A mini doc about infographics, Google Maps and the ubiquitous, ever-evolving data visualisations of the modern world by PBSoffbook, what sez:

 Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is increasingly present in every aspect of our information-infused lives.

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A masters thesis animation made by Daniel Sierra at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Sierra describes the calming, mesmeric piece as an attempt:

…to visualize waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerizing audio-visual experience in which sight and sound work in unison.

Additionally this was an opportunity for me to create a song and visualize it at the same time. Being interested in the aesthetics of linking sound and visuals, this was a very exciting project for me. It gave me the chance to experience the process of creating music and visuals simultaneously as they both influence each other. At the same time I learned a lot about simulation effects, particles and procedural animation. The animation was done purely in Houdini, using Houdini’s VEX language to create the tool that could generate and animate waveforms. The music was made in Reason.

Full screen HD for best effect.

Egregia cum laude.