Planet Money, a radio show on NPR covering the global economy, loves data, but graphs don’t work out so well when your listeners can’t see them. So in this experiment, the show tried converting data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index (below), to musical notes (above) and then recruited Julliard baritone Timothy McDevitt to sing them.
Here’s what it sounds like. Do you hear the rise and fall?
Listen to the data for specific cities on NPR.
As a musician I find the graph MUCH more indicative/interesting.
Maybe if he’d sung the notes on the page, it would have lined up with my expectations. Doing it slower might have helped him do it more accurately. Beautiful voice, though.
It proves that economics are much more boring than music
Any information on how they converted the data to notes?