In my recent explorations with Twitter I have come to love Twitter Stories (which is basically a Twitter account that tells real stories of how people are using Twitter). While I was searching this website I found something I thought was interesting. Being a lover of music I was excited to see something called the Listening Machine. So, I watched this video…
I was fascinated with what Peter Gregson had to say so I quickly found him and the Listening Machine on Twitter. I wanted to chat with this guy and see what his experience was like with the Listening Machine. I knew it would be a long shot, but I tweeted to him anyway. I said this..
@petergregson I’m a college student at Eastern Mennonite University…and I was wondering what inspired you to start the Listening Machine?
He then replied to me and told me to email him. Boy, was I excited! This was the first time I was able to (and tried) to contact an important person through Twitter. That’s really the beauty of Twitter. Here’s the questions I had for Peter and his answers.
-What inspired you to start the Listening Machine?
– The Listening Machine initially came about during a conversation with the (then) Chief Scientist at Twitter, Abdur Chowdhury. We were talking about data visualisation and how it creates a clean snapshot in time, but not a dynamic journey through it. I then started talking with Daniel Jones, sound artist and great friend, about this. Music, being both linear and vertical (melody and harmony), but also dynamic (loud and quiet) it was a perfect medium through which to ask the question: what does a day sound like?