Map of Ohio Turned Into Piano, Wastes Hours of Time

10/01/2009 2:33 PM |


Finally, my beloved home state of Ohio gets the respect it deserves by being turned into one giant cornfield a piano

Because there are 88 counties in the state of Ohio and 88 keys on a piano, it was only a matter of time before a cartographer turned a map of Ohio into a piano. It took long enough, quite frankly.

Hats off to Andy Woodruff for making dreams into reality. Basically, each county is assigned a note, from the low end to the high end of the musical scale, based on the distribution of data of your choosing (male/female population, the amount of farms in one area, etc.) Then, click on a county, and it plays the note. You can trace a state route, play one of the pre-programmed songs, or just go straight-out Amadeus and bang away, madly. Notice that when operating under the default category of data, central Ohio has a nice, hearty, mid-range tone to it where as up north in the Cleveland/Akron area, things start to sound a bit tinny. A little wimpy, if you will (I’m from Columbus). This is almost on par with playing the huge toy piano in a toy store, but mostly it makes me miss living equidistant from a sheep farm and a huge mall with a California Pizza Kitchen AND a Cheesecake Factory in it. Man, that was a great mall.