"Music does bring people together... No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same." - John Denver
Whereever you travel, through whatever country, people can always connect through the shared experience of enjoying music. Everyday more and more people turn to online streaming services for their jams, creating a nexus point of musical diversity used the world over. There are already ways to make online music a more communal experience, but this newest one is something else entirely.
"Even though listening to music can be a very private experience, I wanted to see how often this experience is shared.” - Kyle McDonald
Spotify, one of the largest music streaming services, recently unveiled a map, that shows when any two people around the world are listening to the same song at the same time (within 1/10th of a second of each other). The map, named Serendipity, jumps from song to song showing the location of each of the listeners worldwide, and what they're listening to. It also gives you the option to pause, stop and listen for a while. This project, based on real-time data was created by Spotify's first artist-in-residence, Kyle McDonald. About the project, McDonald says “In person, it’s easy to see the features we share, or when we share stories in online discussions. But we’re also connected in more ephemeral ways, and we can extract these relationships with new tools. Even though listening to music can be a very private experience, I wanted to see how often this experience is shared.”
If you want to get connected with others through music,