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Thursday, January 6, 2005

Musicplasma and data visualization

Musicplasma.com is Amazon's free musical reference system that visualizes the "relationship" of one musical artist to another based on musical similarity. Radiohead, as an example:







You can customize the design of the visualization and zoom in or out for a greater understanding of musical similarities between different artists. This is similar to the visualization feature at thefacebook.com, where you can actually see a diagram charting the intricacies of your social network. The image there looks similar to the one above, except with peoples' names occupying the descriptive center label and your name in the center of the universe.



I can't even begin to imagine the artistic and practical possibilities of extending this same technology to other categories of life.





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