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rotaneco musicmap by rotane rotaneco musicmap by rotane
I had nothing to do this afternoon, so what's better than go creative, right?

I had this idea of making a map of my music listening habits just recently, after ~at-Kapo linked me a nice, kinda unusual online-radio. One that is highly customizable, and it visually plays your songs along trails. So I figured, why not take this to the next step?

Now, without further ado, I present the:

rotaneco musicmap v1.1


To start, I fist gathered my music charts (top artists and the like) from both my last.fm profile and my Winamp Media Library, collated and sorted the data, and sketched out a quick map. I wanted the most played artists right in the centre (Boards of Canada in my case), and not so popular ones further towards the edge. To get a clear structure I decided to break it into 4 major genres, more or less: Instrumental, Electronic, Pop and Rock, each based in one corner. Of course, it wasn't always 100% clear how to group the artists, so in some cases I went with personal taste.

Next step: Adobe Illustrator. Layouting the beast! And this took by far the longest. After all the "tracks" were layed out and the "stations" labelled, I went to colour it. Each genre got its own base colour so I could easily mix them when a trail didn't belong in just one genre. That's why there is a colourwheel up there in the bottom right rather than the usual caption of a subway map.

Next step: Adobe Photoshop. Importing the map I created in Illustrator and adding all the little details: background, the colourwheel, my logo, and I created my own fictional "tranceport*" company and a short ad text, all to make it look more like an authentic subway map.

And that's it! Enjoy :]


Disclaimer: "Designs & Interfaces > Signage" was the most appropriate category that I could find. The map focuses equally on the idea and on the technical side, that's why it doesn't belong in the "Vexel" gallery IMO. Besides, the most fitting subcat there would be "Vexel > Misc", and that's just not good enough.

Update: Yes! There's now an Infographics gallery on dA!

* and yep, I borrowed Paul Oakenfold's title here.
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Given 2008-07-23
"Although this piece of art seems simple at first you must think deeper. This might as well be a whole new innovation that might even reach a standard way of displaying ones music taste. Of course this is the first version, but it is already amazing.I really believe that this has a great potential. Instead of long lists of artists (or bands) you like you can have a colorful diagram which perfectly explains what you like and how much you like it."rotaneco musicmap by =rotane ( Suggested by icefreak and Featured by PurpelBlur )

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:iconreclusivechicken:
ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i honestly love tube maps and idm-style music (though my tastes have become far more extreme) so i'm adding this one
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Professional
Oh, we all evolve and expand. This map is pretty old by now, but nothing beats BoC.
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:iconreclusivechicken:
ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
BoC is neat though i moved onto speedcore
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anakin022 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is a brilliant idea!

And now to choose where I want to live... Eels might be the perfect choice. The perfect song for any situation.
Also, I have Radiohead just around the bend and if I feel the need to, I could easily walk cross-country to Pink Floyd or blur (you've written it lowercase just like I do, nice one!).

However I need to get me a season ticket for the purple line as soon as possible. Uptown John Williams is gorgeous! And I can't wait to visit Outcast and take a hike out to Monkey Island. OMG!!

I only have to beware of the Limp Bizkit slums. Rumor has it, that it's pretty dangerous over there.
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Professional
Heh, nice walk through the neighbourhood! These days, i'm mostly commuting between BoC Central and the pink lane(s), but they're in desperate need for an extension. I really fear for the Limp Bizkit slums though: You're right about the rumors, the dark blue lane really is in a desolate state; i think there's currently only a bus going through there, sporadically.

Yeah, the city has changed so much in recent years, but the subway hasn't cought up… I really need to make version 2.0 of this map, and soon ;)
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mitoXD Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015   General Artist
Awesome job! :)   And I was thinking about doing something similar (some day) – now I mustn't do it anymore ... or just totally different  *gg*
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Professional
Oh no, do it! So many people told me they'd try to make their own map, but never did. I would love to see them, though! :)
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mitoXD Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015   General Artist
LOL OK ... so, some day, and after finishing my exams.  ;D
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Professional
Sounds good – and good luck on your exams! :)
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prl05 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING INFOGRAPHICS.  Where can one obtain such tutorials for this particular method? I've looked on YouTube, even Google'd... But using lines such as yours, I can't find one.. Please let me know.. 

Thank you. 
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional
Thanks man! Unfortunately i don't have any tutorials for you. It shouldn't be too hard to recreate these lines though. (I did all this in Adobe Illustrator CS4.)
  • A neat way to start is to first create the buildings blocks (think LEGO), and then copy&paste them as needed: For the 90° corners you could take a perfect circle and split it in 4 parts. (Use the Scissors tool [shortcut C] and cut it exactly by clicking its corner points.) Split it in half again for 45°. Take 2 of these for "point switches". Straight and diagonal lines should be obvious.
  • The next thing is aligning them properly. (Switching to "View -> Outline" and/or "View -> Smart Guides" makes this really easy.)
  • Finally, don't forget to join those paths together so you don't end up with tiny white gaps. (With the Direct Selection Tool [shortcut A] select the 2 end points and then go to "Object -> Path -> Join".)
And voilą, there you have it!
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prl05 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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nelson-net Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
I've seen a couple of infographics like this with movie titles and classic rock bands instead. Really nice.
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional
Thanks! If you come by those again, feel free to link them to me :)
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nelson-net Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
This is the one that looks more similar to your info-graphic. This one is about the Best Movies according IMDb: blog.vodkaster.com/2009/06/25/…
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional
Good one! Thanks for the link.
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nelson-net Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
You're welcome :-)
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PavelZakarovRomanov Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
aw3some!
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BubblesArts Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What.. da hell.
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional
Heh, was that a question? ;)
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FinFihlman Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Murr! Where is Halo!? ; )

Excellent work! Definitely going to check out most of these songs! : )
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional
Halo is not an artist/band! Oh, but other video games show up there too, so you're right of course. :P

But seriously, I never played any of the Halo games, so I also never really got a chance to listen to the music.. Too bad, as I hear it's quite good.
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FinFihlman Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
You really should, either play the games, or listen to the music. Or best of all? Both. : )

Wandering far:
The games, they might not strike you. You really had to play the Halo 1 (Halo: Combat Evolved, that is.) when it came out for the feel to catch into you.

If you haven't played the games, I don't think you'll enjoy the old, the best ones as much, due to the fact that they are old in graphical, and perhaps game play wise. But the story's still good, in my humble opinion, and I happen to love them still. Nostalgia may have/play a part in that... ; ) Game play wise, the games differ from CoD or BF, like a lot! You might like them, but I think that if it's your first time playing Halo, Reach might be a little bit of gambling... (That's the most recent one.)

YouTube:
I really recommend that you drop by at YouTube (That sounds like it's an actual physical place... : D) and listen to some of the songs there. I recommend that you listen to something from all of them, if you find time for it or have the patience to find the best ones in your opinion.

Overall:
I recommend that you listen to the music.
Don't lose your life for videogames, if you haven't yet. : D But try the games, if you have time. : )
I, too, love Half-Life music and others, but if asked, I would never ever trade Halo away. I think it features all the best from music and little of the bad.


Thanks for reading my text. There might be some typos, but that's just because there is. : )
Have a nice day/evening/night/morning. : D
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rotane Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional
Thanks for the comment, man, I appreciate it!

This is a very good point that you raised: if you didn't play the games when they came out, it's hard to appreciate them now. One of my favourite games is from 1998 (Unreal), and it was just SO captivating, both in terms of graphics and music. Now, while the music doesn't age that fast, the graphics look really old by now. So if I recommended the game to you today, you might not find it as enjoyable as I did when it was fresh. Regardless, one can appreciate the music without having played the actual game, so I might in fact try it out. The music of Halo, I mean.
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InsanePiece Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Awesome ! I saw that you have a lot orignal soundtracks from games, movies etc ! :headbang: !
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional
I do indeed! Currently I'm all hooked on the StarCraft II soundtrack.
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InsanePiece Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:D, Me on the soundtrack of Inception by Hans Zimmer !
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional
Ah yes, I heard good things about that one. But given I still haven't seen the movie, I'll wait with listening to the music.
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InsanePiece Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Okay, message received! : D
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Raizen22 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
pretty cool man.
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Grumzz Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I know quite a lot of these!!
you even included the gathering :) have you ever listened to agua de annique, anneke van giersbergen (the singer of the gathering) solo project? she/they is/are really great, I've seen her several times and met her twice, she's really nice and beautiful :)

also, you should listen to a bit of hard rock and metal :) there are a couple of bands I think you might like :)
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional
Great!
No, I've never listened to the ones you mentioned, but I might! But I'm not so much the rock/metal kinda guy anymore, so it'll have to wait ;)
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jpmeister Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
This is Simply Brilliant!! May I steal this and do it with my favorite bands except with Grand Central Station (I Live Close to it^^) I will credit you with "Inspiration" because this was Inqenious!!
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional
By all means, please do! Be sure to show me the result once you're done. :)
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:iconjpmeister:
jpmeister Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Awesome, Thanks! :love:
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silencefreedom Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
amazing!
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional
Ta!
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silencefreedom Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
how long did you spend on?
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional
About one afternoon, I guess..
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silencefreedom Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
man, artists really have tons of freetime!
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional
One afternoon doesn't really qualify as tons of time ;)
Besides, I'm not an artist, but a freelance graphics designer, so I do have the liberty of chosing my work hours. Which sometimes means working at night time as well..
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edmunn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Tranceport, sheer genius! :P
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional
Thanks man, but that's actually Paul Oakenfolds genious; I merely borrowed it ;)
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:iconedmunn:
edmunn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Ok, don't forget to give it back. ;)
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional
Sure, once he claims it back ;)
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TTSDA Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is so brilliant and Creative !
Good Work
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Professional
Thank you :)
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TTSDA Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You´r Welcome
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harvest-jacobina Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Great concept. ;)
I remembered the rotaneco transport all of a sudden.
Somehow I feel like making one, but of course why should I upload it over here?
Interesting how you were able to group artists of a certain genre to their own "lines" .
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:iconrotane:
rotane Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional
If you feel like it, just go ahead and make one :)

Yeah, it wasn't easy to group them all, and it doesn't always work that well, so I had to override it with personal taste sometimes. Oh well. Thanks!
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