Listing History via LastGraph As Wall Decoration
October 17, 2010 10:05 AM   Subscribe Listing History via LastGraph As Wall Decoration - Andy took his LastFM listening history, rendered it via LastGraph as PDF document and created some stunishing simple and yet beautiful wall decoration for his home. [original text is german - read a google translated version here]
posted by misterhonk (19 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Hm. My apartment may do well with a giant poster of the words "THE MAGNETIC FIELDS" on the blue background.

Also, I had no idea just how well Kraftwerk album covers serve as home decoration. I'm surprised they're not selling them at Urban Outfitters or CB2 yet.
posted by griphus at 10:11 AM on October 17, 2010

That's pretty cool. It's definitely neat to see the little pockets of musical obsession that we all go through.
posted by OmieWise at 10:28 AM on October 17, 2010

Note, it takes a bit of time to get all your data and then you have to go to separate page to render a poster, but the site helpfully tells you your place in the queue. You can leave the data crunching in a separate tab or window and surf elsewhere until your stuff is ready. To get an idea of how things are going, I was 7th in line for getting data and then 25th in line for a poster.
posted by nomadicink at 10:31 AM on October 17, 2010

I now deeply regret my use of spotify. I am going to start using right this minute.
Are there other similar services, cos that really looks good.
posted by Iteki at 10:52 AM on October 17, 2010

Iteki, and Spotify aren't mutually exclusive. You can have everything you play in Spotify recorded by by filling in your details in on Spotify's options screen.
posted by chorltonmeateater at 10:57 AM on October 17, 2010 [2 favorites]

Reminds me a lot of the charts Dorothy Gambrell has done on her side blog, Very Small Array.
posted by maryr at 11:00 AM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

Ahem, charts. Should have previewed.
posted by maryr at 11:01 AM on October 17, 2010

Indeed, this is truly stunishing.
posted by Sys Rq at 11:19 AM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

Ah damnit - Typing Error. It should read " Listening History via LastGraph As Wall Decoration". Can someone tell if i can fix this on mefi?
posted by misterhonk at 11:42 AM on October 17, 2010

Misterhonk: use the Contact link (bottom right) and ask the mods to fix it for you. Thanks for the link, interesting.

Iteki: I use to keep track of the music I play via Spotify. The advantage of Spotify is that you can choose what songs it plays - has a player, but it's more like a radio - you can choose to listen to a certain type of music, but you have less control over the actual songs you hear. But it has discussion groups and you can keep track of what concerts you go to and stuff, which you can't do on Spotify.

(Also, there is a Metafilter group on
posted by Infinite Jest at 11:59 AM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

chorltonmeateater and Infinite Jest: You guys rock. Hurra!
And chorlton... like with the wheelies?
posted by Iteki at 12:28 PM on October 17, 2010

I love the "Unique to this group" feature on, wrt MetaFilter:

They Might Be Giants
Ben Folds Five
Chicago Public Radio
The New Pornographers
Talking Heads
The Magnetic Fields
BBC Radio 4
Neil Young
posted by iamkimiam at 12:30 PM on October 17, 2010

awww man, I'm queuing for my personalized LastGraph. #121! They could at least give me my own hold music.
posted by iamkimiam at 12:32 PM on October 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

LastGraph is nice, but Andy Godwin desperately needs to either 1) Get more CPU and parallelise profile requests, or 2) rejig the released code so we can execute it on our own CPUs. The last time I did a graph of my listening history, it took close to 24 hours to render a PDF/SVG close to 1 GB, apparently blocking the queue for everyone else. Sorry!
posted by meehawl at 12:46 PM on October 17, 2010

If you just want the graphs (and not the posters) without having to wait, you can get a more limited set of artist graphs here.
posted by Copronymus at 12:50 PM on October 17, 2010

This is neat. I have one printed on plain 8.5" x 11" sheets of paper that I've assembled, but it doesn't look nearly as polished as his.
posted by PueExMachina at 6:39 PM on October 17, 2010

Nice. I downloaded the lastgraph code and python ages ago, before he had this webservice thing all set up, just so that I could render my wavegraph every week (obsessive!). Haven't put it on my wall though - I don't have a wall long enough...
posted by Slyfen at 3:54 AM on October 18, 2010

I'm in the queue now. Thanks for pointing this service out!
posted by immlass at 11:34 AM on October 18, 2010

I did mine and printed it out on an HP 1055 Plotter... looks pretty snazzy (nearly suitable for framing). Win.
posted by jmnugent at 1:21 PM on October 26, 2010

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