Turning Location-Tracking Data into Music


Fri, Jul 12th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Vinyl of the Day, artist Brian House created a limited edition vinyl record called Quotidian Record, which is composed using an entire year of geolocation tracking data.

Brian documented his whereabouts for an entire year with OpenPaths?which he worked on at the New York Times R&D lab?on his phone. Then he put it on a turntable and took it for a spin, in an 11-minute musical composition.

As the record turns, the markings on the platter indicate both the time as it rotates through every 24 hours and the names of the cities to which he has travelled. The sound suggests that the habitual patterns have inherent musical qualities, and that daily rhythms might form an emergent portrait of an individual.



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