The Shape of Song

May 1st, 2006 | Filed under: Internet, Programming | 3 Comments »


The Shape of Song is an attempt to answer this seemingly paradoxical question. The custom software in this work draws musical patterns in the form of translucent arches, allowing viewers to see–literally–the shape of any composition available on the Web. The resulting images reflect the full range of musical forms, from the deep structure of Bach to the crystalline beauty of Philip Glass.


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3 Comments on “The Shape of Song”

  1. 1 Bludja said at 12:45 am on May 7th, 2006:

    The Shape Of Song…

    There seems to be a lot work going on into alternate ways to veiw things using computers. The Shape Of Song looks at the music structures and draws some pretty diagrams….

  2. 2 Vector One said at 1:31 pm on May 28th, 2006:

    Shaping Songs…

    From Future Feeder I linked to the Shape of Song site which ‘display(s) musical form as a sequence of translucent arches. Each arch connects two repeated, identical passages of a composition. By using repeated passages as signposts, the diagram …

  3. 3 Roger said at 10:48 am on August 1st, 2006:

    I’m still amazed by all this. But what aout colors, like Karina says here:

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