Tuesday, 05 Dec 2023

What is the sound of Facebooks value crashing? Noisycharts turns news into noise

What is the sound of Facebooks value crashing? Noisycharts turns news into noise


What is the sound of Facebooks value crashing? Noisycharts turns news into noise

What does rising global carbon dioxide sound like? Or the crash of the pound? How about Sydney's record-breaking rainfall, or the share value wiped out following Facebook's pivot to virtual reality?

While all of these things have been frequently graphed, now we can turn them into audio as well.

Noisycharts is a new tool created by Guardian Australia to easily turn data into sound, with an animation to accompany it.

Here's five examples which demonstrate the features of the format, with more details on the project and what it will be used for below.

The first noisychart shows the decline in Mark Zuckerberg's average net worth per quarter over the last four quarters. This chart demonstrates the sampler mode which can be used to map data to actual instruments and other noises - in this case, I've built in a "Sad Trombone" mode.

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has had significant drops in its share price following the company's pivot to virtual reality, as it also faces pressure from competitors and poor market conditions. The lowest tone is US$36bn, and the highest is US$63bn:

Click here for a version of the chart with voiceover

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