SynLyrics: exploring song visualization in lyrics
Designed as a side project during my weekend at Boston’s MusicHackDay, SynLyrics actually was originally a way for me to better understand the world of programming.
- 1. Follow this link to the SynLyrics page.
- 2. Copy and Paste lyrics from any song, poem, etc into the box.
- 3. Choose a shape: everywhere (square), circle, music note, or MusicHackDay (in the shape of the MHD logo)
- 4. Click ‘Submit’
The project explores grapheme-color synesthesia. A circle is randomly placed within a predetermined shape for each word in a set of lyrics. The size of the circle is based on the word length while the color is based on a rough estimate of one synesthete’s grapheme-color association (take from a research study). Repetitive songs tend to produce designs more monotone in nature while lyric-dense songs produce more variation
At left: an example image from the SynLyrics script – this design was generated from the lyrics of “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem (if my memory serves) in the shape of the MusicHackDay logo.
As this was just a minor project, I have ceased working on it; however, if there is any added functionality that you would like to be added, shoot me an email and I’d be happy to oblige.