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    visualizing a sonification...

    premasagar, !efatima, tarotastic, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. _sarchi 120 months ago | reply

      jumping trains is an offence - you are hear-by arrested..

    2. Peter Kaminski 120 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot!

    3. SlimFatty 120 months ago | reply

      Wow! You really did capture speed with this one. verrry nice!

    4. jurvetson 120 months ago | reply

      Thanks y'all.

      taro: yes, the Coast Starlight Amtrak Train #14 at full speed.

      Complexify: yes. I was hanging off the back of the caboose, holding my arms out at full extension. They look like waveforms in a Mac sound editor... or earthquake recorder jiggles. They reminded me of some cool sonifications that Thomas Dolby did earlier this year... (using natural data sets as MIDI triggers.... Here, we take it back to the visual medium... =)

      Premasagar: I played around with the exposure settings. I bumped it to +2EV to extend the exposure time and maximize the blur of the horizontal ties. The rails are aligned with the movement of the train, and so they don’t look as distorted.

    5. complexify. 120 months ago | reply

      Very cool. Glad you didn't drop the camera. :) I wish there were some easy way to paste these waveforms into a sound editor and "audiolize" them. Or some sort of reverse seismograph... :)

    6. complexify. 120 months ago | reply

      Alieness: good call. At least I'm not tasting the shapes of the waveforms. Might taste like wood, seeing as how they're actually railroad ties. :)

    7. premasagar 120 months ago | reply

      Jurvetson: I should've posted the link. The "oblique" or "/" pool:

      Do you have a good link to those Thomas Dolby sonifications you mentioned? Sounds interesting.

    8. Elsie esq. 120 months ago | reply

      This is a wonderful wonderful photo.
      Brilliant.It is now serving as my wallpaper (if that is ok)

    9. Emerald2810 120 months ago | reply

      Fantastic train photo. Train must have been travelling very fast and you must have a good camera.

    10. hangdog 120 months ago | reply

      An interesting shot that combines creativity and opportunity.

    11. jurvetson 120 months ago | reply

      wow. thanks. Quite an honor, les2001

      premasagar: I pinged him. Thomas will post some QuickTimes of the sonifications on his web
      site over the weekend. I'll share the pointer when he's done.

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    13. jurvetson 119 months ago | reply

      Thomas Dolby's sonifications from TED are now available. Listen to the seasonal rainfall in California, sunspot activity from the SOHO satellite, and the ocean buoy data feeds during the Asian tsunami. (Cue The Flat Earth)

      If someone wants a high res version, we can get an FTP site set up.

      UPDATE: A link died. Here are some current ones:
      TED 2006: ocean buoys
      TED 2006: solar flares
      Keppler Talk by Thomas

      And we did an audience participation sonification at our Schmoozefest with D'cuckoo and a giant helium filled MIDI-trigger ball.

    14. premasagar 119 months ago | reply

      Ah, thanks for following that up, jurvetson. I'll take a look (listen)...

    15. thepretenda 118 months ago | reply

      cool shot.....

    16. halcyondreams [deleted] 115 months ago | reply

      very cool shot. There's such an incredible sense of energy and movement - very alive.

    17. Discaciate 85 months ago | reply

      Superb capture.
      The sense of speed is amazing.

    18. theodordh 74 months ago | reply

      Hi! I'm admin of a new group called Great Stock Shots

      We find your photo greatly suitable to our subject and would love to have it added to the group.

    19. The Tyee 47 months ago | reply

      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for sharing this image via Creative Commons licensing. We like it so much that we've made it the photo for a series of articles we published recently about high speed transit in BC. You can see your photograph here.

      Thanks again! And feel free to upload more great pics to our Tyee Flickr Pool. We choose one each day to feature on the site. More info here: www.flickr.com/groups/thetyee/

      The Tyee

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