• Polygraph: No Prose, Just Code = Great Story



    I stumbled on a site named Polygraph a few months ago. Polygraph actually operates completely opposite from the way CA operates. I usually elect to use prose over graphics and photos, while Polygraph tells stories with data and code to produce fabulous visuals. Polygraph describes itself as, "a publication that incites water cooler discussion about complex topics. We avoid long-winded essays at all costs, using code, visuals, and animation to construct a different sort of story, one that's often reader-driven, embeddable, and open-source." What makes Polygraph so interesting to me and the CA Community is the use of technology to tell us something about our favorite music.

    A few of the topics covered by Polygraph include:
    The Evolution of Music Taste
    Wikipedia Pages On Which Miles Davis Is Mentioned
    Using Spotify To Measure The Popularity Of Older Music
    When Music Becomes Popular, Faster
    This Is What Hip Hop Sounded Like In 1995
    Using Playlists To Crowdsource The Definition Of Punk
    Hip Hop Labels Sorted By The Success Of Their Artists On Billboard
    Rappers Sorted By The Size Of Their Vocabulary


    Further prose explaining this site would be antithetical to its ethos. I can't recommend enough for everyone to check out some of these data driven visuals. My favorite right now is the evolution of music taste. It plays tracks based on the number one position on the charts. Have you headphones ready and be prepared to enter a time machine :~)











    Comments 8 Comments
    1. sphinxsix's Avatar
      sphinxsix -
      Thx for this! I've just checked 'The Universe of Miles Davis'. A revelation!
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by sphinxsix View Post
      Thx for this! I've just checked 'The Universe of Miles Davis'. A revelation!
      Glad you like it. I can't stop looking at it.
    1. ednaz's Avatar
      ednaz -
      OMG, this is a HUGE time suck!
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by ednaz View Post
      OMG, this is a HUGE time suck!
      Yes. But a great one!
    1. sphinxsix's Avatar
      sphinxsix -
      Talking stunning visuals that tell stories - "A post-industrial Rococo master, Kris Kuksi" site, worth checking out (especially the sculptures) I believe
      Kris Kuksi
    1. Booster MPS's Avatar
      Booster MPS -
      Nice find! They should do more of these as you could certainly apply this technique to convey a lot of messages.
    1. Boris75's Avatar
      Boris75 -
      Nice website, thanks Chris. One minor frustration is that I couldn't find anything about classic or even a search button - or did I overlook something?
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boris75 View Post
      Nice website, thanks Chris. One minor frustration is that I couldn't find anything about classic or even a search button - or did I overlook something?
      Classic what?