Project 2: Mapping Philly Music
Working in small groups and in collaboration with WXPN, design proposals for as interactive Philadelphia Music Map that reflects the history of the city’s pop music scene. Consider mapping techniques/features that could be employed to allow users to explore songs that mention Philadelphia, artists from the city, geographic locations in the city mentioned in lyrics, etc. For example, The Sound of Philadelphia, the 70s and 80s R&B/soul genre, was the creation of writers and producers (and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees) Gamble and Huff—how could a map include an archive of recordings with links to song facts, lyrics, audio/video?
XPN will introduce the project, provide initial vision, requirements, and sample data. They will return to review conceptual proposals and final designs. The final design will be built by the ‘XPN web team and will be hosted on The Key, WXPN’s local music site.
Thursday, Feb 5 class meets at WXPN, 3025 Walnut Street
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Maps and Mapping Resources:
In Envisioning Information Edward Tufte describes micro/macro narratives. These narratives are actually small, detailed stories that make up larger coherent stories. “Simplicity of reading,” he writes, “derives from the context of detailed and complex information, properly arranged.” He goes on to describe the rich interface to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington that is largely dependent on the chronological rather than the alphabetic listing of the names of 58, 000 dead soldiers. Jan Scruggs and Joel Swerdlow write in To Heal a Nation, that “chronological listing was essential to designer Maya Lin’s vision for the memorial. War veterans would find their story told, and their friends remembered, in the panel that corresponded to their tour of duty…. Locating names would be like finding bodies on a battlefield.” And when names are found, after walking downward into the memorial’s slight grade, visitors see their own living reflections and the names of the soldiers in the etched polished black granite.