Editing photos as if they were audio files

Posted to Data Art  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu for the Washington Post applied a technique called databending to a bunch of photos. The idea is that computer files — even though they represent different things like documents, images, and audio — encode data in one form or another. It’s just that sound files encode beats, notes, and rhythms, whereas image files encode hue, saturation, and brightness. So when you treat image files as if they were audio, you get some interesting results.

See Jamie Boulton’s post from a couple of years ago for a detailed description on how to do this yourself with Audacity Effects.

Favorites

Who is Older and Younger than You

Here’s a chart to show you how long you have until you start to feel your age.

A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.

How We Spend Our Money, a Breakdown

We know spending changes when you have more money. Here’s by how much.

Marrying Age

People get married at various ages, but there are definite trends that vary across demographic groups. What do these trends look like?