I have put together a video of my brain of J. poster on vimeo. The quality isn’t the greatest, but it helps convey how layering of the lines come together over time, and how the different sound frequences affect the outcome. You can see how the drum beat creates the larger lines, and the vocals create the smaller and darker lines towards the center. Also, the sound effects at the end of the song leave the final touches on the poster.
Being a computer scientist / computer geek I have a craving to visualize data. I construct models, graphs, maps, and charts to gain a logical understanding of information. Bringing these visualizations into real life is simple, but it is challenging to design a composition which is creative, beautiful, artistic, fun and informative. Excel charts don’t cut it.
The RaceDV videos we developed are a form of data visualization which are informative and fun, but they only begin to scratch the surface. I have since found that there is a thriving community of creative thinkers, artists, programmers, mathematicians, and statisticians who are redefining the data visualization landscape.
Now what does this have to do with Radiohead? Today I came across a very inspiring project called Visualizing Radiohead by Robert Hodgin at flight404 which he submitted to a Radiohead video contest. His blog post explains how he encoded the audio information of the song Weird Fishes into an animation. This entire video is an experiment in programming and data visualization and did not require editing or post processing.