Human-Readable Time

A performance of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata K365 in F minor by Orion Weiss


A Brief Statement on Human-Readable Time
Human-Readable Time integrates the harmonic pattern of Scarlatti’s sonata with the colors in a fantastic image of a galaxy which you can see in the archive of the NASA System Architecture Registration Contest. The title Human-Readable Time is a reference to both the catalog number of the Scarlatti sonata (365 – which happens to be the number of days in a year) and the fact that the measurement unit of light years functions like human-readable time (distances in space are actually measured in parsecs). The concept of “human-readable representations” is used to describe how data like streams of binary digits can be translated, in a way, into something an ordinary human can read. I became familiar with this terminology through computer networking coursework.