Sound can also compress several types of information into a simultaneous experience, so why is there not a similar boom in the use of sound to represent data and tease some meaning out of it? There are several variables that combine to make music; why not translate data into sound, using modality, key, tempo, timbre, pitch and so on to reveal hidden patterns? Is this just a question of greater general visual literacy, when most people can figure out how an animated graph works, but may struggle to identify the instrumentation in a piece of music, or read a score?

Mapping Geotagged Photos in Public Spaces

For any city, thousands of geotagged photos are available online. This  project by Philipp Schmitt maps these photos in the places where they were taken.

A custom-built camera flash + smartphone setup queries the Flickr and Panoramio APIs for photos taken at the current geographical position. Whenever there’s a photo available, a flash is triggered. Long-exposure photography captures multiple flash lights — each representing one geotagged photo — and situates them in the place of their origin.

It’s a sad fact that marketing is often the motor of unnecessary change, replacing satisfactory products with products which may be less efficient but which are easier to sell. I doubt a comparison of everyday objects of previous decades, even previous centuries, with those available today would show an improvement in overall quality.

"There’s digital gaming. There’s real world fun. And then there’s Osmo, a magical experience that merges the real and virtual worlds to defy the boundaries of play.”

Metalosis Maligna, (2006) by Floris Kaayk is a documentary about a disease that affects patients with medical implants. Metalosis Maligna occurs when a metal implant interacts badly with human body tissue, causing the metal to grow tendrils, which eventually puncture the skin from within and destroy it.