Each dot represents a note in the score. Pitch is indicated by the distance from the center of the image, while the time at which the note occurs is given by the angle from the 12 o'clock position. The size of the dot indicates the duration of the note, and the color of the dot is different for each instrument.
How they were made
The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
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How they were made
I can't read music but I can parse it. The talent of reading music has always escaped me which is a little ironic considering I grew up in a musical family. However, I've always enjoyed how sheet music looks so I took a shot at visualizing the notes from musical scores and the result is this series of posters.
single instruments use a single color. See Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star for a simple example below.
multiple instruments use color as an added dimension to differentiate instruments. See the variation on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star below. Single color versions are also available.
Part 1 Part 2 Includes early versions and tools used.
A Designer Reimagined Classic Music Scores as Colorful Data Visualizations, September 8, 2016, Slate
See Classical Music Scores Re-Imagined As Colorful Art, September 8, 2016, SheetMusicDirect
Klassische Musik als Datenvisualisierungen, September 8, 2016, Nerdcore
Check out what some great compositions look like in pictures, September 19, 2016, CMUSE
Showcase, Longlist, Shortlist, September 21, 2016, Information is Beautiful Awards 2016
Classical music visualized, October 5, 2016, FlowingData
Seeing Music, October 5, 2016, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Stories
Off the Staff, November 12, 2016, Staccato, KMFA
The 45 Most Creative Infographics of 2016, November 29, 2016, Column Five, also Visual News
Seeing Music, December 7, 2016, Brands of Tomorrow
Best of the visualisation web... October 2016, December 9, 2016, Visualising Data
WIRED Magazine, December 2016 issue
Infoporn: Sprawling graphics help you 'see' how beautiful the music in Vivaldi's Four Seasons is, December 15, 2016, WIRED UK
Visualizing Music: The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, June 12, 2017, Reddit: Data is Beautiful
OpenScore Kickstarter campaign, June 29, 2017, Kickstarter
Openscore’s plans to liberate sheet music, June 30, 2017, Creative Commons
What does music look like?, April 18, 2018, Dyson on Medium
Designer brings Pachelbel’s Canon to life, July 31, 2018, ABC Classic FM
Sonata form explained through Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, August 24, 2018, ABC Classic FM
Off the Staff: An Experiment in Visualizing Notes from Music Scores, June 12, 2020, Patterns
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