Music, Illustrated

Art, analysis, audio.

14 Dec 2011

My friend Sandy used nedwaves graphics for the opening and closing credits on his documentary for Brookline Access Television, Never 2 Late 2 Play


The film follows a group of jazz musicians at the John Payne Music School, many of whom started (or re-started) playing music as adults.

28 Sep 2011


Pure tones are an abstraction-- all real-world sounds have bandwidth. Bells make nearly-pure narrow sounds; drums make wide ones. How do we measure interval ratios of notes with width?


26 Sep 2011

New Work

I managed to put a couple of pieces together for this year's Punto y Raya festival, and they took this one:

video screenshot

23 Jan 2011

Frequency Range

This is a vertical number line, labelled in seconds, showing event durations.  At the bottom are long-lasting musical patterns (sets, concerts); at the top are quick events-- also called notes.

Formally, the chart title is "Duration of events which, if repeated, humans can distinguish".

We're aware of lots of repeating patterns: with 100s of repeats per second as notes; 100s per minute as rhythm; 100s per hours as verse.

The leftmost column is octaves (frequency doublings) away from 1 second.  I suppose it could be extended for ultra-long pattern repetitions, like "the radio played this song yesterday" or "this restaurant hasn't changed the soundtrack in months!".

Fun fact: the range shown is almost the same as the Richter scale, since 33 octaves=10 Richters.   (10 octaves = 2^10 = 1024 ~= 1000 = 10^3 = 3 Richters)

Also:  this chart covers the range (10^-5) seconds to (10^4)s.

A 2nd page would cover 10^4 to 10^13.  A year is 32x10^6 seconds.

A 3rd page would cover 10^13 to 10^22.  The age of the universe is 400x10^15 seconds.

8.5x11 72dpi version-- slightly better looking.

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