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Howto: Design and Code a Music Visualizer

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What is a Music Visualizer? A generation of visuals based on the music. demo

How to Implement a Music Visualizer?
Processing the audio file and run a Fourier transformation on audio data to get information about the original sound wave (amplitude and frequency)Store this data Output a visual based on the stored data when music is played
Things to Think About Before CodingHow to play the sound?How to implement Fourier transformation?How to interpret information from the Fourier transformation?How to sync visual with music?What does the data in an audio file represent? 
How I Implemented my Music Visualization Software

I wrote my visualization software in c and used the SDL2 sound API to play an audio WAV file.  To compute the Fourier Transformation I used FFTW, a C routine library known for efficiently computing Discrete Fourier (DFT) Transformations.  My visuals (power spectrum from selected frequencies) is outputted to the Linux Terminal.

Using DFT Res…