The last time we mentioned Alexander Chen he had converted the New York subway map into an interactive stringed instrument. Continuing the musical theme, he’s now taken the iconic prelude to Bach’s Cello Suites No. 1 and made an interactive visualization you can mess around with until the tune’s completely “Baroque.” The orbiting dots pluck the strings, like a rotating music box. You can grab and throw the nodes off track using your pointer, then watch as they slowly regain their orbit and the tune its rhythm. See the video at the bottom or head to Baroque.me to play with history [Read more…]
This smart little visualization might be the perfect distraction for long subway rides through the city. Using lines that resemble a New York subway map, complete with departing train times, this HTML5 visualization plays the different train lines like a relaxing, random stringed instrument. As each train line crosses another, the string is plucked, playing a gentle note. The longer lines play lower tones while short lines play higher tones. Viewers can also conduct the music themselves by clicking and dragging their mouse across lines.