Musical Travel

Abstract

Using the music community and recommender service last.fm, people can share their taste in music with others and connect with their friends and musical neighbors. The resulting social network has been subject to different visualization projects, the most having in mind showing how people are connected and how this connection is affected by their taste. This project will also focus on visualizing musical taste of a group of users and therefore using a musical map like the Islands of Music. This map is created by the overall listening statistics of last.fm and shows the popularity of genres. Similar genres are located close to each other and thus creating islands. On this map, the musical travel of a user can be shown as a route connecting the stops on different islands. In this project, the travel of a given user and his friends or neighbors will be visualized to make it possible to localize intersections and accumulations. In addition a possibility to adjust the considered period of time could be useful to see how the routes have developed and changed over time. This type of visualization could be used to show similarity and clustering in other data sets, too.

Related Work

Schedule

Task Goal Deadline Status
Application structure, data acquisition, first visualization Prototype 31.12. done
Final visualization, basic interaction Alpha 07.01. done
Final interaction Stable final version 14.01. done

The schedule was mostly maintained during the implementation phase. Anyway the deadlines were a bit flexible and some tasks were begun earlier or finished later than planned.

Features

The final tool allows to display the musical taste of up to six last.fm users on the Islands of Music. Users can be added or deleted at will. The visualization shows the stops on the islands with a precision of one dot per week, a path connects these dots to show the travelled route. A time slider allows to adjust the start and end point.

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-- EduardVodicka - 10 Dec 2009
Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
islands_of_music.pngpng islands_of_music.png manage 97.4 K 09 Dec 2009 - 23:34 EduardVodicka Islands of Music
islands_of_music_prototype01.jpgjpg islands_of_music_prototype01.jpg manage 306.6 K 16 Dec 2009 - 21:30 EduardVodicka First draft of the visualization and UI
islands_of_music_routes.jpgjpg islands_of_music_routes.jpg manage 295.4 K 09 Dec 2009 - 23:35 EduardVodicka Routes on the islands
musicaltravel.jarjar musicaltravel.jar manage 912.1 K 19 Jan 2010 - 18:11 EduardVodicka Runnable file
musicaltravel_sourcecode.zipzip musicaltravel_sourcecode.zip manage 1793.8 K 19 Jan 2010 - 18:47 EduardVodicka Sourcecode
Topic revision: r7 - 19 Jan 2010, EduardVodicka
 
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