Here is an interesting way to start your year: CNN created the “Dow Piano” — translating market action into notes, and trading volume into sound volume.

The result is a series of five-note scales spanning three octaves (notes are determined by closes).

“Heavy trading volume – most notably on the day of the May 6 ‘Flash Crash’ – leads to high musical volume. Notice the piano tends to play quietly around holidays. The notes are generally clustered in series of five, representing Mondays through Fridays.”


The Dow Piano

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Hat tip Flowing Data

The Dow Piano
Bård Edlund
CNN Money

Category: Digital Media, Markets, Music

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2 Responses to “The Dow Piano”

  1. machinehead says:

    You can clearly hear the triple witching close in late September — jumps right out at you.

  2. Julia Chestnut says:

    John Cage would be proud.