Noise mapping proof of concept


This week I made a proof of concept that would allow me to demonstrate what a live noise map might look like. Originally I was going to use real audio from multiple locations but I ended up using one audio file and just simulated the drop-off of noise levels at each successive node.

The map uses a hard-coded array of 44,100 decibel level samples (from a 44.1k audio file). The visualization steps through the values at a rate of 5 per second to simulate the rate that I had wanted to achieve with the actual system.

The color scheme is based on sound level intensity (green is low, red is high) and has a radius large enough to just overlap, creating a heatmap-style visualization. You can see the high-intensity noise travel through the nodes, and the heatmap smoothes the movement so the nodes don't display as discrete points.

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