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Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Off-the-Shelf Animations and their Musical Visualization Uses


Data visualization libraries such as D3.js are backed up by huge collections of animation examples. Though many derive from projects relating to publicly available statistical data, they often lend themselves well to repurposing in music visualisation. Though there are many more, here a few simple examples to fire your imagination.

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I use the term 'off the shelf' loosely. Meant are those animations which with on the whole only minor changes can be reused within our music visualization framework. The largest modifications relate to consistent, layered reconfiguration according to user's needs.

These might reflect changes in the underlying music system, in pitch standards adopted, in the musical configuration of an instrument or tool (number of channels, tunings etc), and to behaviours associated with the data received from scores during playback.

This may sound daunting, but many of these behaviours are shared with other music animations, and hence can simply be reused across many online or remote (distance or P2P) music learning scenarios.

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Music Source (Could Just As Well Be Sound) + Data Visualization = Music Visualisation. The rest is just pure imagination. No limits, really.

Off the Shelf Visualizations?



Chord
Diagrams

o Connections between Communities
o Friends, Bands, Events Mappings etc
o Temperament, Intonation Comparisons
o Colour Scale Mappings

Tree Diagrams
(Dendrograms)

o Classification systems
o Menu Population
o Instruments and Tools

Heat
Map

o Finger- and Keyboard Layouts
o Modal Scales

Geo/Map
Projections

o Event Locations
o Instrument Builders

Circular
Heat
Chart

Rhythm Breakdowns,
including Polyrhythms

Radar Plot

Joint Instrument Model - Theory Tool Configuration

3D
Scatter
lot

Modal Landscapes across Multiple Cultures

3D
Spirals

o Octave Stack
o Note Positions
o Chord Planes

Scatterplot
Matrices

o Chord Diagrams
o Modal Spectra

Hexagonal
Binning

Chromatic
Accordion
Keyboards

Hierarchical
Layout with
Orthogonal
Edge Routing

Genre
Development
History
(Orientation
Top-to-Bottom)

As an aid (once this thing goes live) to contributing own online music teaching animations, the Financial Times has published a useful glossary of data visualization vocabulary here. All these are at your disposal in the form of implemented examples somewhere out there in the internet.



All this at your fingertips, and we haven't even considered custom visualizations...



Keywords



online music learning,
online music lessons
distance music learning,
distance music lessons
remote music lessons,
remote music learning
p2p music lessons,
p2p music learning
music visualisation
music visualization
musical instrument models
interactive music instrument models
music theory tools
musical theory
p2p music interworking
p2p musical interworking
comparative musicology
ethnomusicology
world music
international music
folk music
traditional music
P2P musical interworking,
Peer-to-peer musical interworking
WebGL, Web3D,
WebVR, WebAR
Virtual Reality,
Augmented or Mixed Reality
Artificial Intelligence,
Machine Learning
Scalar Vector Graphics,
SVG
3D Cascading Style Sheets,
CSS3D
X3Dom,
XML3D


Comments, questions and (especially) critique welcome.