According to an article written by esteemed musicologist Chris Brewer, we unconciously use music to develop the pyschology of our moods. That is to say, we use music to indicate love or heartbreak, to dance, to bring back memories, and to help us relax. Music is a powerful provider of individual, personal expression that situates, frames, or even locates important experiences. Simply put, music can be highly effective in enhancing our everyday lives.
“Distinctive music,” explains Eliot van Buskirk, Data Storyteller for Spotify, “is music that people in each city listen to quite a bit, which people in other cities do not listen to very much. So it is, exactly, the music that makes them different from people everywhere else.”
Does this sound a little familiar? That’s because in 2015, Eliot made this Musical Cities map. That map was a huge success and generated a ton of traffic, to the tune of millions of visitors. The global brand for music streaming decided to relaunch this visualization with custom branding and even more hits, collected from user data around the world.
The data is derived from 23 billion listener/track relationships and uses our Google Drive Connector to create a map with idiosyncratic, 100 - song playlists for cities around the world using a basemap customized to align with Spotify’s unique branding.
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Spotify’s Musical Cities map provides users with a lot of information on international music tastes, but here are five additional ways to start navigating these global sound waves:
Our collaboration with Spotify has also been an exciting opportunity to expand the meaning of location intelligence. Transforming data on aural behaviors, such as music streaming, into visual information redefines the meaning of “where,” while also pioneering the next generation of location intelligence.
CARTO has also started a CARTO Tunes playlist featuring songs with lyrics that relate to maps, directions, and geography. Check out CARTO Tunes. Did we miss an obvious song? Let us know by tweeting us recommendations @CARTO with the hashtag #CARTOtunes.
The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs may not love “Maps”, but you will after hearing songs from around the world with Spotify’s Musical Cities map.
Happy Data Mapping!
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