Skip to main content

Canadian financial company Interac has teamed up with Zulu Alpha Kilo to create an app that will turn your spending habits into music.

"Sound of Spending" invites users to input their expenditures for categories like entertainment, food, consumer goods, and household bills from the past 12 months. The platform's algorithm then uses the data to generate a an electronic song using synthesizers, marimbas, harps, and other instruments.

The higher the spending, the higher the notes and tempo will be. Spending less equates to slower, more languid tunes. 

Recommended Articles

Zamna Festival 2022, Afterlife

Zamna Festival Reawakens Tulum to Kick Off 2022 With 6 Nights of Dance Music

After last years’s postponement, Zamna Festival returned stronger than ever, headlined by the likes of Black Coffee, Tale Of Us, Claptone and more.

boogie t

Boogie T Reveals First Headline Performance at Red Rocks, "Boogie T On The Rocks"

Before Boogie T's closing set, SoDown, Minnesota, KHIVA, Bawldy, and his BOOGIE T. RIO band will take the stage.

The app was built so Canadians could better understand—and have fun with—their finances. Interac believes that "Sound of Spending" will better help them connect with their tech-savvy customers.

"To generate the song, we used millions of Interac debit transactions, tracked across different merchant categories for a year and a half," ZAK's creative director Wain Choi told Muse by Clio. "It shows an incline in spending during the grocery shopping frenzy before the lockdown—then a sharp drop-off as everyone stayed home. Following that, there's a slow and steady rise. Overall, we can see and hear an economy that's steadily recovering back to its pre-pandemic levels."

You can listen to a song created by the app using data on Canadians' spending here. The track certainly isn't a Billboard chart-topper, but it shows how powerful AI is getting. It won't be long until AI writes articles about humans writing music. 


Festival Tycoon Video Game Steam

Build Your Dream Music Festival in This New Video Game

"Festival Tycoon" was developed entirely by Johannes Gäbler over the span of two years.


Three Musicians Took 100 Years of Climate Change Data and Turned Them Into Songs

More than 100 years of climate change data across numerous states was compiled and turned into songs.


These Bluetooth-Enabled Shoes Transform Your Music Into Bone-Rattling Bass Under Your Feet

Thanks to DropLabs' new EP 01 shoes, a new way of experiencing music is afoot.


This Random Pennsylvania Warehouse Preserves Electronic Gear Used by Kraftwerk, Jimi Hendrix, More

The Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project houses 30,000 square feet of iconic amps, synthesizers, guitar pedals, mixing boards and more.

Varien Nick Kaelar

Varien: Trent Reznor Dark Lord of This Generation in Electronic Music

Varien continues to defy the odds of social norms, social media number games, commodification, and capitalism.

Music vinyl CDs

Your Music Taste as a Teenager Influences Your Adult Taste, According to Study

A new study by the New York Times concluded that the music you listen to when you're a teenager sticks with you the rest of your life.

Fender American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster

Fender's New Guitar Brings Electronic Music Production and Performance Into the Future

Fender's American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster Guitar offers electronic music producers and DJs an all-in-one solution for more creative guitar sounds.


What is Music Licensing and Why is it Important for my Career as an Artist?

Music licensing can be a very fruitful revenue stream for musicians. Here's what you need to know.