Aaron Koblin, “Making Art with Lasers, Sensors, and the Net” on Wednesday morning at ETech 09. A lot of this was just showing us cool stuff, so there’s not many notes to take, but still…
Work with NYTE showing flow of data round the world. Population types in Manhattan.
Quantity of SMS messages sent around Amsterdam.
Things he’s learned:
- Looking at something ordinary in a new way can make it interesting.
- Combining multiple visualisation techniques.
- Think about the data, not “the real world.” Don’t get hung up on what you think it “should” look like.
- You don’t have to use all the data.
- Let your data free. More than 100,000 downloads of the Radiohead data.
- Work with Radiohead.
His new project is Bicycle built for Two Thousand, again using Mechanical Turk. Had people record themselves imitating a single sound from the song, out of context. These were then put together to create an aggregated version of the song.
[He seems surprised that the aggregate song sounds intelligible, and that the $100 bill looks like a $100 bill. But I’d have been surprised if they weren’t. Isn’t this what you’d expect from averaging out many things? But still, this was all great stuff.]