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Making a Music Stage Smart

Shelley Fraser Community, Tech

Imagine if a music stage became smart?  What songs would it sing?

Juniper research suggests that over 38 billion objects will be connected by 2020.  Today, in 2016, intelligence can be added to inanimate objects.  Yes, it is true.  We are living in an age where simple structures, even those made of wood, can be brought to life.

During Halifax Pop Explosion, Lixar teams will be bringing music stages to life through mobile, data science, IoT, and cloud technology.

How?  Through #GoodVibrations at #HPX2016!  Actual seismographic data will be collected.

Why?  Because we want to understand if a performer and band’s energy level on stage translates to a more engaged and energetic response from the audience.  Also, does the level of audience participation and engagement, shown through vibrations, translate to a more energetic performance from the band.  In essence, does one fuel the other and vice-versa?

In addition, if the experience is positive (or negative) are fans more likely to share more or less through social media tweets, pictures, videos and posts?  How does the performance affect the sentiment analysis?




How will the vibration data be captured?

The seismographic data will be captured through mobile devices kept safe in 3D printed cases. The devices will be strategically placed on the stage likely located near the bass drum and the bass guitar player.  Same applies for the audience, the devices will be strategically placed on the floor likely near the stage, sides of the stage and near the back.  The data will then be uploaded to the cloud in real-time with Microsoft Azure (Microsoft Flow, Event Hub, Streaming Analytics) and sent to a SQL data base.

The database can then be extracted with visualization tools like Power BI for clean insight dashboard analytics and Tableau for creative art display.  The next question is how will the tools be utilized?  What is the visualization process?  How will the data be correlated and organized visually?  How will it be shown?




Here is an example of the seismographic data collected at the proof of concept test at the Press Ottawa on September 30. (Thank you to Ottawa bands  How Far to Mexico  and  Lost to the River  for agreeing to participate.)


Seismographic Data


There is no question, music sends waves of #goodvibrations.  Now, let’s prove if #goodvibrations at Live shows help to move our collective feet, bodies, (and perhaps, souls).


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More blog posts on data visualization, IoT, beacons and performances to follow!  Follow the Lixar Blog, @LixarIT and @HalifaxPopX for the latest!  #HPX2016 #GoodVibrations

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Presentation from Data Science meetup can be found here: lixar-data-meetup-2016-10