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Log Complex Color for Visual Pattern Recognition of Total Sound

While traditional audio visualization methods depict amplitude intensities vs. time, such as in a time-frequency spectrogram, and while some may use complex phase information to augment the amplitude representation, such as in a reassigned spectrogram, the phase data are not generally represented in their own right. By plotting amplitude intensity as brightness/saturation and phase-cycles as hue-variations, our complex spectrogram method displays both amplitude and phase information simultaneously, making such images canonical visual representations of the source wave. As a result, the original sound may be reconstructed (down to the original phases) from an image, simply by reversing our process. This allows humans to apply our highly-developed visual pattern recognition skills to complete audio data in new way.

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