A couple of links for some striking maps inspired by the album cover art of English post-punk band Joy Division. Whose 1979 debut album, Unknown Pleasures has a front cover consisting of a series of overlapping white line graphs, on a black background, representing successive pulses from the first pulsar discovered.
Christophoros Vradis creates a global map from…
a highly generalized version of NASA’s SRTM dataset rendered in Processing.org
Brain Suda takes a more abstract approach. Basing the peaks and troughs on geographic coordinates for places in the Geonames database. This is his map for Iceland:
He also has a map of Great Britain and Ireland.