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Thanks to Edward Snowden and the dilligent folks at the National Security Administration, it's no secret that tracking data is a highly sought after commodity. The bread crumbs left behind by cell phone owners and Facebook users do not evaporate into thin air like we might have thought. Instead, the bits of location-specific information are collected, analyzed and stored by corporations and the government alike.

It's an intriguing reality, one that has prompted more than a few conceptual art projects. One of the more surprising ones belongs to a media artist named Brian House. He's taken a year's worth of his own tracking data -- a tedious record of his individual daily routine -- and turned it into an 11-minute musical album, titled "Quotidian Record."

The vinyl project recounts the movement of House's body, with every revolution of the record representing one of the 365 days documented. The result -- a collection of electronic beats that sounds eerily like a deliberately rhythmic compilation -- is a tangible exploration of the many implications of readily available data. We spoke to House via email and he answered our most pressing questions on the topic, including how exactly he transformed digital data into sound.

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