Contemporary Music Timeline

Starting next week, i’ll be teaching experimental/improvised music aesthetics in an Audio Production Course at Restart (a professional school here in Lisbon), for that matter i wanted to have a timeline that could give an overall view of composers as well as labels and technological advances that made possible for some things to happen as they did.

I started sketching out something in illustrator but soon became evident that i’d like something easier to change and update, so i’ve been coding in processing to export a pdf from all the different data inserted (nothing very fancy). This became a very basic structure to create timeline grafics.

The content seems never-ending, i’ll be posting updates as it goes

29.01.2010 update:
I’ve been adding a lot more info to it, plus from the efforts in another post added hyperlinks to composers names!

Ongoing Pdf here>

Code here v.002>

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4 Comments

  1. Posted January 16, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    The content is truly never ending. Thus giving the motif that Contemporary Music is indeed an extensive subject.
    By the way, what’s the input type? (the XML def..?)
    You could place a form online and submit content to XML automaticaly and then generate the PDF with the new submited event. Just possibilities…laying around.

  2. Posted January 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    For now everything is being inserted directly in the processing sketch into arrays separated by tabs, ex:
    ComposerNames[3]=”John Cage, US”;
    BirthYear[3]=1912;
    DeathYear[3]=1992;
    The suggestion sounds good though, it would make it more colaborative and ultimatly more complete, although i would have to spend some time researching and learning how to integrate it with a web form, if someone with more skills in the area would be willing to make the web side of it i wouldn’t mind doing the xml import into processing.

  3. mar
    Posted April 16, 2010 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    The code link is broke. I am very interested to see it.

  4. Posted April 16, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    just repaired it!
    thanks for pointing it out
    best

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