Many of us create Excel data visualizations everyday. But have you ever made an audiolization
? Luke Twyman of whitevinyldesign.com
has made a very intriguing creation in Flash.
Here's my attempt at emulating his fine work in Excel:
I call my version solarsong. Click the image above to watch a Flash video of the Excel 2007 chart in action. Remember to turn your speakers on!
solarsong uses the orbital frequencies of the eight planets to spin a haunting melody.
This is an advanced Excel chart with a number of interesting points, including animation and MIDI sound. True to form the chart is rendered from named formulas and a tad of VBA is used primarily to advance the animation, but in this case it is also used to play the MIDI sounds.
You can adjust the tempo of the song, and you can pause it. When you click play after a pause, solarsong will choose a different MIDI instrument. The combination of different instruments and different speeds can result in a surprising number of varied songs, yet all retain the constant beat of our sun.
Just click on play.
Give it a spin and let me know what you think!
Here it is.
And here's a list of other animated charts on Excel Hero:
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