The Ghost In The MP3 also known as modernist is an experiment by Ryan Patrick Maguire where he collects the bits of data that are erased during the MP3 and MP4 compression processes that make our files smaller and plays them back as a standalone file. This results in a hazy, ghostly audio and video of the discarded bits of data that are erased when a file is compressed that sounds and looks like it’s trapped in another dimension.
See the invisible and take a look at what sound waves look like thanks to a cool high-speed photographic technique called Schlieren Flow visualization which shows the change in air density as sound waves travel through the air. The technique was developed by German physicist August Toepler between 1859 and 1864.
Bitcoin, the decentralized electronic cash system that has been gaining popularity is still a bit of a mystery for most. With only 21 million worth created in total and a P2P network that is used to generate and exchange currency, more and more places are starting accept it but this new system is still volatile and very vulnerable to hacking, including some events that happened just this week.
Brighton-based artist duo Semiconductor, have put together this hypnotic piece of work called 20 Hz which shows the relationship between radio waves and sound. It was co-commissioned by Arts Santa Monica and Lighthouse for the exhibition Invisible Fields which is showing at Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona, Spain through March 4, 2012.
The Seattle Band Map is a project that showcases the northwest’s vibrant music scene by documenting the thousands of bands who have performed throughout the decades; it also explores how these bands are interconnected through personal relationships and collaborations.
Using data from Reporters Without Borders and OpenNet Initiative the site uses simple visualizations to show the who, what, how and why of web censorship across the globe. Did you know most of the U.S., Europe and South America is under some kind of censorship and that blogs and political parties are amongst the most targeted?