“Self-described ‘designer, data geek, fractal nut’ Nicholas Rougeux has merged open-source music with data visualization to create colorful imagery based on some of the most famous classical music scores in history,” writes Jessica Stewart in Wednesday’s (11/22) Mymodernmet.com. “For Off the Staff … each individual instrument is represented by a different color, resulting in the brightly hued imagery….  In terms of color scale, [Rougeux] typically tries several different shades and hues to see what works best, as he never knows the final result until the visualization is complete. The self-taught web developer and artist hopes that Off the Staff will allow people to see music in a different way…. By taking something people naturally consume using their auditory skills, he enjoys flipping the experience on its ear by appealing to different senses.” The project includes music from Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Piano Quintet No. 2, Rossini’s William Tell and Barber of Seville overtures, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

Posted November 27, 2017