I want to see music
July 27, 2011 9:13 AM Subscribe
Is there any relatively agreed-upon audio visualization standard, or are all visualizations of audio just interpretations of the sounds?
posted by jefficator to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I was a kid, my dad had a stereo that included a little green line in a big glowing square. The line erupted into peaks and valleys in time with the music...with low tones showing up as activity on the left-hand side of the box, and high tones show up as activity on the right-hand side. The louder the tones, the higher the peak.
Was this just a gimmick on his stereo? Or did it--and other, similar types of audio visualization--depict something actually objective about the music that could be interpreted if you were only looking at the visualization and not hearing the sound it represents?
Is there any objective visualization of music apart from notation?