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Group Description

Two words: Beatles Infographics

This flickr group is a public platform for the planning of the open collaborative project ChartingTheBeatles.com. Its purpose is to provide:

1. A means of keeping project contributors in the loop
2. A gallery of visualizations that have been created for the project thus far
3. A discussion page to read about and suggest potential Beatles infographics
4. A list of links to downloadable spreadsheets of Beatles data that has been quantified and compiled for this project
5. A section of process images for the project's website that is currently under development
6. An open forum to discuss the topic of visualizing music and to share knowledge and resources

The moderated photo collection organized by folders can be found at www.flickr.com/photos/chartingthebeatles.


Project Overview: "Charting the Beatles" is an open collaborative project that combines the passions for two specific things: information graphics and the Beatles. What started as a personal project of a few Beatles infographics by one designer has developed into a larger collaborative website to exhibit the work of graphic designers, scientific visualization folk, and musicians. Anyone may participate.

The graphics featured here have been created using information from a variety of Beatles sources, including sales statistics, biographies, recording session notes, sheet music, and raw audio waves. Many have been created purely from numeric data, but other graphics, such as subjective interpretive diagrams, are highly encouraged.

An ongoing focus for many of the graphics has been to capture and clarify hidden patterns in the music of the Beatles over the band's period of time spent recording together. If the albums Please Please Me and Sgt. Pepper's are so different, in what ways can this be expressed with graphs and charts? What variables can be quantified?

Take a look at the group's discussion topics to view or make suggestions for Beatles visualizations, and to download spreadsheets of Beatles research that has already been compiled for this project.

Please feel free to contact info@chartingthebeatles.com for any inquiries.

A note to those interested in music information retrieval or scientific visualization: Chris Harte has transcribed the chords from all of the Beatles' 12 studio albums into a computer-friendly syntax. Read more.

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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