visualizing a sonification...

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  • _sarchi 10y

    jumping trains is an offence - you are hear-by arrested..
  • Peter Kaminski 10y

    Beautiful shot!
  • SlimFatty 10y

    Wow! You really did capture speed with this one. verrry nice!
  • Steve Jurvetson 10y

    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.
  • David Gilford 10y

    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... :)
  • Gisela Giardino 10y

  • David Gilford 10y

    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. :)
  • premasagar 10y

    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.
  • Les Chatfield 10y

    This is a wonderful wonderful photo.
    Brilliant.It is now serving as my wallpaper (if that is ok)
  • Edmund 10y

    Fantastic train photo. Train must have been travelling very fast and you must have a good camera.
  • Chuan Chew 10y

    An interesting shot that combines creativity and opportunity.
  • Steve Jurvetson 10y

    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.
  • Kristina 10y

  • Steve Jurvetson 10y

    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.
  • premasagar 10y

    Ah, thanks for following that up, jurvetson. I'll take a look (listen)...
  • Giovanni Portelli 10y

    cool shot.....
  • halcyondreams 10y

    very cool shot. There's such an incredible sense of energy and movement - very alive.
  • Leandro Discaciate 7y

    Superb capture.
    The sense of speed is amazing.
  • Theodor Sid 6y

    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.
  • The Tyee 4y

    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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