Mapping Music on Facebook


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Have you ever wondered what it looks like when millions of sound waves are traveling through social networks? Stamen Design did before creating Beatquake - a visualization of dynamic characteristics for typical listening activity across facebook. More than 110 million songs, albums and radio stations have been played 40 billion times through apps integrated with Facebook’s Open Graph.

Visually inspired by old school graphic equalizers, Beatquake maps the volume of listens for each of the top three most popular music tracks in the United States, each day over a period of 90 days.

Colored layers, each representing one song, rise and fall over geographic locations to correspond with the number of plays in that area. The texture of the map is driven by BPMs (beats per minute) and changes as one song overtakes another in popularity.

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