Flowprints: a revised method for visualising flow in rap

Jeremy Page

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With scholarship on the musical dimensions of rap still in its infancy, there are still analytical tools that need to be developed and refined. We have a lot of data: the timing and articulation of hundreds of songs has been transcribed, thanks to a few very dedicated scholars. This data, however, exists in lengthy, largely neglected spreadsheets. By tracking recent developments in flow visualisation and utilising insights from each in a new approach, the paper contributes a working system for visualising flow aimed at nuance, automation, integration with existing corpuses, and accessibility for a lay audience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-195
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of New Music Research
Issue number2
Early online date13 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019


  • flow
  • flowprints
  • hip-hop
  • rap
  • visualisation


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