Week 14

I didn’t specify in the video, but the animations looping will be the logo design (as seen below) and close up pan shots of the interface design. The videos I mentioned on the right computer will be the interviews I conducted.

Finalized video for (aside from minor changes) will be on loop:

Interface Design

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Screenshot of UI. Click to view the interface in action
Users will be able to comment directly on parts of UI design during exhibit
Users will be able to comment directly on parts of UI design during exhibit
Logo for Spotify extension
Logo for Spotify extension
Logos for Pathways extension
Logos for Pathways extension

The TV will display animations of these logo variations. The design is similar to the appearance of the map or web that will exist in the user interface.



Week 12

I spent at least an hour condensing down my thesis idea in 135 words. It was difficult, but extremely worthwhile, as it better helped me understand and organize my own thoughts. As Blaise Pascal once said, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” Here is my thesis description:

“Music is infinitely growing, and as a result, genres are combining and overlapping, not defined terms for categorization. The Music Genome Project is a mathematical, structured, and clearly defined formula used by Pandora’s musicologists for categorizing music (a trade secret, have you). If the Music Genome Project is Yin, my thesis is Yang. The industry needs an organic method of organization, one that blurs the lines between genres and adapts to the constantly changing music industry, by utilizing the listeners (which consequently makes it public domain). I have conducted interviews of such people, passionate about music, to test my hypotheses and understand just a glimpse of the psychology behind music to prove why this project is important. I am creating a user interface design using Spotify as a platform to showcase my idea in context.”

I also have a pretty rough idea of what my space will look like now. The TV will have an animation to intrigue interest, and the posters will define the two computers: the left will feature the UI design, and the right will feature the interviews:


Week 11

I conducted three more interview sessions. I don’t have a clip this week since most of the time was spent interviewing and I have a lot of film to go through.

My second interviewee comes from a music family with a diverse background in violin and guitar. He showed me his acoustic, electric, and bass, and gave me a lesson in guitar. Another interviewee has quite an understanding of rock history thanks to her parents. She is typically very quiet, but opened up in the interview and was very articulate about her struggles being ridiculed for her music taste growing up. My most recent interview was a joint interview with two individuals that grew up together having similar music experiences. They are interested in live music and concerts. They told me all about 21 Pilots, how they started as a small Columbus band, are now touring in countries like South Korea, and how they feel about it as fans.

Week 10

I interviewed AJ this past Sunday to understand how music has become a part of his life. He and I have shared concert experiences and introduced each other to various artists, so I knew he would have a lot to contribute to my thesis. I got 70 minutes of footage to work with! Below are a few clips of him talking about how his opinion on the word “genre” and how he likes to organize his music in iTunes.

Week 9

My thesis is about the way music is organized and consumed, and I was interested in hearing from others in a more open-ended way that explores the psychological and lifestyle aspects of music. I’d like to document the interviews on camera for showing at my thesis exhibit. There are two parts to the filming process: an interview and a look into your personal story.

The Interview
The interview will be short, about 15 questions (listed below). These questions are more for starting the conversation and less about me or the questions themselves, I want responses to be personal and open ended. I plan on cutting interviews up between people, so not every response will make the final cut.

The Story
This part is where I will film you showing me how you’ve made music a part of your life. Some examples could include showing me your CD/vinyl collection, playing or talking about an instrument, showing t-shirts or signed merch you’ve received, posters, etc. These clips will be used for viewers to look at while you’re talking, and possibly completely separate profile videos. This part is very casual.

If this is something you could help me accomplish, I would be very grateful, I only need an hour of your time. Let me know your schedule and we’ll get something planned.

I’m looking to interview people of all age ranges, especially folks outside of CCAD, so if you have any recommendations, feel free to share my email (cwendt.1@go.ccad.edu) and this page. As long as they have a passion for music, they’re a good candidate.

Tell me a little about your history with music. What music were you listening to in middle school, for example, and how did you end up listening to what you listen to now?
How do you prefer to listen to music? Headphones? Speakers? In the car?
When do you listen to music?
Does music influence other parts of your life?
What does the word “genre” mean to you?
Who is your favorite artist?
Who were some of your favorite artists, and why are they not anymore?
Has music helped you through hard times?
What kind of music do you like?
Why are you drawn to that style of music?
Have you ever been made fun of for the music you listen to?
How did you deal with that?
Why do you think people hate on one artist or another?
Have you ever wanted to create music yourself? Why or why not?
Why do you listen to music?
How do you organize your music? Playlists? Genres?

Week 8


Here is an example of two songs that may never show up in similar searches based on a mathematical formula. They have a similar beat, tempo, key, and mood, but are technically two different genres (alternative rock and soundtrack respectively).

Week 7

I met with Robert Loss last Thursday and he gave me some references for research material. He and I spoke about my thesis idea and I got a good idea of things to be thinking about. Below are some of the notes I made:



  • platforms
    • business histories
  • listening history (why we listen to music)
  • surveys > work w/ Michelle Hill


  • Greg Kot: Ripped
  • Simon Reynolds: Retromania
  • music critics
  • Greil Marcus: History of Rock N Roll in 10 Songs