How to Visualise a Classic Song

What would Space Oddity look like turned into images or through data visualisation? This is what I and data researcher Miriam Quick set out to explore in OddityViz. We extracted musical data from the track and visualised it in a set of 10 engraved records, paired with large-scale prints and projections that draw from the song’s fragmented interstellar world.

Each 12-inch disc deconstructs the song differently – by instrumentation, rhythm, melody, harmony, lyrics, structure or the underlying story. Rather than abstract soundscapes, the records become a visual system to understand how Bowie masterfully crafted Major Tom’s journey.

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