In this video from Ableton's One Thing series, Sirintip discusses how she uses data as a starting point for her compositions. She uses a web app called TwoTone by Sonify which has unfortunately disappeared from the web. Only the remnants of its data trail remain. Great idea. It is available on GitHub but the programming is a bit beyond me.
This is another One Thing video from Ableton, in which El Choop discusses how he adds interest to his music using gated noise. He takes you through the process but I haven't had a chance too try it out though. Sounds great.