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Slightly better visualizations, Round 1

February 25, 2011

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve written, but I’ve had a ridiculously busy couple of weeks (giving 2 papers 5 days apart was not the wisest decision I’ve ever made). Taking a cue from my friend Mark Chilla, I thought I’d post some things I’ve been working on for class. I’m taking a seminar called Visualizing Music, which is pretty much the sweetest seminar ever in that we sit around and look at pictures, then go home and make bad pictures better. I won’t spam the front page here, but hit the jump for some bad music theory pictures and my (I hope) improvements of them.

First up is a pretty simple one. This is an abstract inclusion lattice of the octatonic collection from Robert Morris (if you don’t know what that means, it actually doesn’t matter). Here’s the original:

morri inclusion lattice

As you can see, it’s kind of hard to read all the lines and what goes where (especially the 5 to 4 line).

Here’s my version, which may or may not be an improvement. It may or may not be easier to read, but it inadvertently brings out some connections that the original doesn’t. There seems to be a pretty strong connection between the 5-note sets and the 3-note sets: for instance, all the 4-note subsets of 5-16 (red) are also supersets of 3-3 (also red).

morris lattice redraw

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