[This is a guest post by Susie Liu*, about the visualization project “History of Rock in 100 Songs”]
Figure 1. History of Rock in 100 Songs screenshot, live site here
The world of Rock ‘n’ Roll has always been very confusing to me.
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When I found the Guardian’s list of 100 songs representative of rock music, I was inspired to use skills from my day job, creating data visualizations, to learn more about Rock ‘n’ Roll. With John as a domain expert to sanity check my work and a quick Google search of music APIs, we were ready to begin.
The original Guardian dataset only had the song title, artist, and release year of the song. I looked up more band information, such as its members and lifetime, using Last.fm and more song information, such as length and energy, using Echo Nest.
Exploring the data began with asking questions. I started simple. How do these songs appear over time? How do the timelines of the bands overlap with each other? I begin all of my visual brainstorming on paper like in Figure 2. It allows me to quickly see ideas. Plus, there is no hesitation to nix bad ideas because I’ve only invested a few minutes in the concept.