3D music browser

Just posting a short video of the unfinished 3D browser. I’ve decided to focus on a 2D interface built with Processing, but wanted to show anyone who’s interested how far I went with the 3D version. Just click the image to load the 10 MB QuickTime video.

Songs/spheres are located based on a PCA of timbre, tempo, duration, number of distinct sections, and time signature stability. The spheres’ colors are mapped straight from genre tag (e.g. yellow is “Classical”).

3D screenshot

2 Comments »

  1. Comment by Scott

    Posted on March 29, 2008 at 12:46 am

    As cool as the 3D interface is, I think you made the right choice. Not only would it distract you as you try to build it, I think it could distract the users as well. As I watched the dots rotate, I realized that it could give you the impression that unrelated items are related. Imagine your data organized across 3 axes, ranging from 0 to 1. There are various clumps of songs, including one near (0,0,0) and one near (1,1,1) – as far apart as they can be. Rotate it so you’re looking along a line from the origin to (1,1,1). Now those unrelated clumps look like they’re neighbors. Yeah, the size & lighting could convey that they’re a ways apart, but it seems like it could mislead as much as it could enlighten.

  2. Pingback by Anita Lillie’s Masters Thesis » Blog Archive » 2D music browser, v0.0.1

    Posted on April 13, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    [...] posting the equivalent of the last post’s video, except in 2D, built with Processing. Just click the image below to load the 1.5 MB [...]

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