Making music using data analysis in R
I’m at the Piksel festival listening to Thomas Levine’s artist talk about his data visualisations – or uh, sonifications – in R.
He made data music from the iris dataset that is used in so many R tutorials…
Here’s how to represent data as a kebab in R, using the geom_donor function:
It’s hidden by his arm, but after geom_text() there’s a geom_donor(). That outputs instructions on exactly how to make the kebab to
You can do the same analysis on almost any dataset, Levine comments. At first he thought it was fabulous – and then he realised it was all useless. You end up with the same patterns anyway. Data analysis makes you feel smart for finding the patterns – but the patterns are meaningless.