FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films’ digital shorts series The Collectors continues with “Musicology,” directed by Jamie Schutz.
If you’re one of the more than 100 million subscribers to Pandora, you know Nolan Gasser’s work. He is an acclaimed pianist and composer and the well-known architect behind the app’s Music Genome Project, the most extensive categorization of music to ever exist, featuring over 500 unique genes across seven genres. In the film, Gasser takes viewers through “The Wellness Suite,” written with both his mind and his heart. Working with musical therapists, he wrote a composition meant to soothe and inspire cancer patients, and to bring to life the words of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: “You can’t expect to move the audience unless you yourself are moved.”
The Collectors is a ten-film series available exclusively on FiveThirtyEight, WatchESPN and ABC News, that tells the stories of an eclectic group of characters collecting data, ranging from the official scorer at a baseball game, to a meteorologist tracking hurricanes. Each of the shorts depicts how these individuals gather information, and how their judgment in translating ambiguity into hard numbers can shape how the world is viewed and interpreted. The series, which is a project out of ESPN content unit Exit 31, debuted on Dec. 10, 2014 with “Food Cartographers.”