Saturday, November 06, 2010

Pop influencers

I did another graph similar to the jazz one, starting with Lady Gaga. Again I just keep influencers (indegree>=1) and get this network.

Jazz network

I have written a Python script which scrapes 'influenced by' from My start was one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time: John Coltrane. I then put it into a DL file and visualised it, the node size is set by indegree (ie those who are quoted as influencers). Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins are key influencers. The disadvantage of this is that it usually goes back in time, so if you started with a younger jazz musician you should capture more of the golden years of jazz 1960s.

Here is the code:

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


Here is a Spotify playlist of Lang Lang, Richter, Gould and some others playing Beethoven's Appassionata. Gould plays it the slowest, whereas Serebriakov plays it the fastest.