20 January 2009 Musician Map: visualizing music collaborations over time
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In this paper we introduce Musician Map, a web-based interactive tool for visualizing relationships among popular musicians who have released recordings since 1950. Musician Map accepts search terms from the user, and in turn uses these terms to retrieve data from MusicBrainz.org and AudioScrobbler.net, and visualizes the results. Musician Map visualizes relationships of various kinds between music groups and individual musicians, such as band membership, musical collaborations, and linkage to other artists that are generally regarded as being similar in musical style. These relationships are plotted between artists using a new timeline-based visualization where a node in a traditional node-link diagram has been transformed into a Timeline-Node, which allows the visualization of an evolving entity over time, such as the membership in a band. This allows the user to pursue social trend queries such as "Do Hip-Hop artists collaborate differently than Rock artists".
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Ji-Dong Yim, Chris D. Shaw, Lyn Bartram, "Musician Map: visualizing music collaborations over time", Proc. SPIE 7243, Visualization and Data Analysis 2009, 72430A (20 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.812377; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.812377
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