Month: November 2018

The Music of Charles Mingus

In honor of the recently released Mingus live recording from 1973, Jazz in Detroit/Strata Concert Gallery/46 Selden, I have created a Mingus network graph detailing his many recordings and songs, using data from the MusicBrainz database. This new recording is not part of the network, but many other classic Mingus works are detailed.

This graph shows Mingus at the center, surrounded by his many recordings, with individual songs connected to the recordings where they appear. Songs are sized based on the number of recordings they appeared on, providing a quick glimpse into Mingus’ most notable tunes. Use the zoom and pan controls as well as the search box to navigate the graph. The data is sourced from the MusicBrainz database, while the graph is built using Gephi and sigma.js.

Here’s a link to the live version – enjoy!