A script for turning data (csv files) into sound and music
Loud Numbers is a data sonification script for Norns. Right now it turns .csv files into melodies and spits out quantized notes and unquantized control voltages from Crow, though I have ambitions for it to eventually turn many more kinds of data file into many more musical attributes, as well as outputting MIDI over USB.
You can select the root note and scale with encoders 2 and 3. Encoder 1 selects the bpm. Key 2 toggles play/pause, and key 3 toggles whether the melody should loop when you reach the end of the dataset or not.
The script comes with a default set of data - temperature.csv, which contains global temperature anomalies since 1950 for the globe, tropics, and northern and southern hemispheres, via Our World in Data. Swap between data columns by turning encoder 1 while holding down key 1. Selecting a new data column will reset the sequence.
Monome Norns or Norns Shield
Optional: Monome Crow
Place data files in the /data folder - the same folder as temperatures.csv. Once you’ve loaded your file, restart the script and select it through the parameters menu.
KEY 2: toggle play/pause KEY 3: toggle loop KEY 1 + ENC 1: select data column ENC 1: select bpm ENC 2: select root note ENC 3: select scale
Install by typing the following into Maiden:
It’s the name of my data sonification podcast. Worth a listen if you want to see what’s possible with sonification.