Final Project Proposal – NF

For my final project, I would like to create something that allows for visualization of complex information, whether it be research data or something else, such as sound.

I was initially inspired by projects such as those by Nicholas Feltron and Aaron Koblin, who use easily understandable visuals to represent large amounts of data such as weather patterns, or flight paths around the world.

For my first idea, I wanted to do something similar to these projects in representing data on a global scale. I was thinking of representing something such as water resources and quality across countries. I would plan to show an initial map (similar to shown below) and then present further information as the viewer scrolls or clicks through different areas.

However, I was also really interested in one of Koblin’s specific projects which compiles users’ “random” sounds to create a song. I am fascinated with the visualization of sounds/music, similar to patatap, and would like to incorporate that aspect into my project as well.

In thinking of this as a project direction, I wanted to make use of what we learned with particles, and create something similar to patatap in that each feature represents a different sound, however the music would be created in their interaction with each other. Therefore, the elements would remain on the screen (in some cases) and make different sounds as they bounce into or spring away from each other, as well as enter and leave the canvas bounds. Hopefully, the viewer would control which elements are added and each would create new sounds, thus building the music over time (as well as interaction between visual elements).

This seems as it would be its own project in the visualization of sound through image/animation. Thus, I will have to choose between this idea or representation of more statistical data, such as the water resources for my final project.

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