All of the commentary on the railway-station show expresses a slight surprise at the idea of staging a blues show on a railway station platform…but the TV producers seem to have intuitively understood that modern popular music was born on the railway, between the Delta and Chicago, and passing through Memphis and Detroit… Delta blues are widely acknowledged as the wellspring of all modern popular music…
By a happy co-incidence, I recently posted about this very subject on my railway-themed college blog, here
If popular music was born on the railway, you might easily map it’s development. This is especially the case in relation to the railway axis, above. It’s no surprise that there’s now a whole lot of music mapping and info-graphics online…
These musical maps are derived, conceptually, from the work of Cornelius Cardew on graphical scores. I’ve posted about him before, here
This is lovely. It’s a map of the French railway system in 1976, made for SNCF.
Rudi Meyer is a genius of map design. He was taught in Basel by Armin Hofman and Emil Ruder. In France, he has worked for the Paris Metro and for the SNCF.
This map is drawn with just the main line railways and the place-names of the larger towns and cities. Meyer has managed to combine this economy and simplicity with a surprisingly accurate representation of the the physical geography of France.