Remember when birds were the only ones still tweeting? Well, not to twitter* away too much time on this point, but I highly recommend checking out a new visualization of nightingale’s and a canary’s vocalizations were posted on TheNextWeb.com in a brief post on August 21, 2014 entitled 3D Bird Sound Visualization is Electrifying. (The direct link to this appears in the text.) The title understates the 2:30 video created by a multimedia artist named Andy Thomas. IMHO, this is an extraordinarily beautiful visualization that transposes the mellifluous sounds of these birds singing into an animation of how this “look” to the artist. Furthermore, if you find this as entertaining and imaginative as I did, I further recommend a click-through and full perusal of the artist’s blog called Nature Remixed displaying a series of galleries of his beautiful “motion art” and other still-frame graphics. Be sure to scroll down on the home page for the technical details of how he make this creations.
Fortunately, TheNextWeb.com published another highly original visualization just two days later on August 23rd, entitled The Colors of Motion is an Interactive Visualization of Movie Color. (Likewise, the direct link is in the text.) Here designer Charlie Clark has devised a means to display the color palettes of 27 well known films from the last 30 years or so. Clicking on any of the movie titles takes you to a screen where the “average color” of hundred of frames from the film have been analyzed by a methods developed by Clark. For instance, it always seemed to me that in The Matrix, there seemed to be a greenish tint to many scenes while in Avatar it appeared to be more of a blue-ish tint to much of it. Both films are part of this project. Thus, as you click through the sample frames you will see these hues change in some fascinating ways. Simply this has to be seen and explored first hand to fully appreciate just how clever this visualization is in examining this particular aesthetic element of many iconic films. Please also try a click-through to his full Charlie Clark website to enjoy a deep and wide display of his immense artistic talent.
I very much hope that the artist will apply this analysis to more films from the past, present and then in the future. I wonder how the vibrantly colored palette of this summer smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy would be parsed by this.
Finally, for another dramatically different visualization that is artistically sophisticated in its presentation, not about art per se, but rather, about the author’s life, I suggest checking out an article that was posted on Wired.com on August 27, 2014, entitled An Infographic Genius Plots Out Another Insanely Detailed Year of His Life by Joseph Flaherty. This concerns, as their creator has termed them “Annual Reports” in the form of multi-dimensional inforgraphic displays of nearly 100,000 data points recorded detail of designer Nicholas Felton’s life during 2013. He has been generating these productions since 2005 (all available on his personal website which is linked to within this story’s text). To say that this is very granular does not even begin to describe it. The details he has charted about seemingly everything he did during this year appears to go to an nearly quantum level never seen anywhere else before. With the rapid advancements in all manner of electronically recording personal data as well as the tools for analyzing and visualizing it, Felton talks about his incorporation of these means within the article.
Other people have been engaged in similar activities in recent years which has come to be known as “lifelogging“. (See also A Modest Proposal: Everyday Lifelogging by Charles Q. Choi, posted November 30, 2011 on ScientificAmerican.com.) Taking this sort of activity another step, hop, crawl and leap forward also appeared in an article in the September 3, 2014 edition of The New York Times entitled Here, Ansel! Sit, Avedon! Apparently some of the participants have pursued this endeavor with dogged determination and tried to hog the spotlight, while others who were more reticent had to be brought out of their shell to get them to engage.
* Yes, small “t”.
** Yes, many from Yes.