Sam Brenner

Mariah Carey’s Hand

Does Mariah Carey's hand reflect the pitch of her voice?

Data Representation

In addition to her phenomenal vocal range, pop diva Mariah Carey is known for her unique brand of hand-waving while she sings. I theorized that the position of her hand is a reflection of pitch that she's singing, and this project is my test of that theory. In what became a long and winding journey of data exploration and translation, I used crowdsourced hand-detection, traditional and experimental systems of musical notation, an interminable collection of software, and ultimately a trained alto singer to discover that Mariah Carey's hand kind of, maybe, but not really reflects her singing.