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The Search for the “Killer Application”: Drawing the Boundaries around the Sonification of Scientific Data  

Alexandra Supper

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012

...participant observation include two weeks of self-experimentation in learning sonification while based in an institution that is active in the field, as well as attendance at two ICAD conferences, two sonification workshops, and several sonification-related concerts and talks. “Sonification Is Defined As…” The first ICAD conference was held in 1992 at the Santa Fe Institute in an effort to pool the previously scattered activities of various researchers working on issues related to sonification and auditory displays. Despite being labeled an “international conference...

The Recording That Never Wanted to Be Heard and Other Stories of Sonification  

Jonathan Sterne and Mitchell Akiyama

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012

...as 1490—sonification is a relatively recent approach to rendering information sensible and has been promoted variously as a corrective or a supplement to visual display. In her chapter in this volume, Alexandra Supper elegantly renders the shape of current debates about the definition of sonification and the policing of the term’s borders among people who work in the field. For our chapter we have chosen a broad definition of sonification to highlight both the range of practices that might be enclosed in its big tent and the connections between sonification and other...

Creative Sonification of Mobility and Sonic Interaction with Urban Space: An Ethnographic Case Study of a GPS Sound Walk  

Frauke Behrendt

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Mar 2014
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Jul 2014

... Chapter 7 Creative Sonification of Mobility and Sonic Interaction with Urban Space An Ethnographic Case Study of a GPS Sound Walk Frauke Behrendt This chapter explores how mobile media and sound are experienced and in particular how locative technologies such as GPS can be used for the creative sonification of mobility. This is realized by examining Aura — the stuff that forms around you (hereafter Aura ), a 2007 artwork by Steve Symons. In this work, participants equipped with headphones and a GPS-enabled backpack explore a city while...

Conversions: Sound and Sight, Military and Civilian  

Cyrus C. M. Mody

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012

...sociological motivations. Sonification is usually practiced by high-end probe microscopists who build rather than buy their instruments. Sonification helps them present their work as distinctively fine-tuned and artisanal compared to the mass of probe microscopists. Prominent builders such as Jim Gimzewski use sonification to forge collaborations with artists (Roosth 2009 ), and other builders play their microscopes’ auditory output as background music during public talks. Those who buy their microscopes are much less likely to use sonification this way. Two Senses...

Creative Applications of Interactive Mobile Music  

Atau Tanaka

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Mar 2014
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Jul 2014

...reflexive translucence to describe this effect. Net_Dérive focused more closely on the music and ways music could be a carrier of social information. Moving from questions of how music could convey information on human presence, we concentrated on a tight association between the sonification and visualization of community dynamic. This was extended to a broader group dynamic in a non-musical context with Dry Run. Finally, 4 Hands iPhone brings contextual sensing back to a pure musical performance, exploring the potential of the mobile phone as expressive, holistic musical...

Underwater Music: Tuning Composition to the Sounds of Science  

Stefan Helmreich

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012

...Antarctica CD consists of “recordings of the Antarctic soundscape made during the author’s seven-week National Science Foundation residency in Antarctica during the 2007/2008 season.” Polli mixes field recordings of melting glaciers with audio translations of scientific data (“sonifications” [Supper, this volume]) on climate and peppers these documents with snippets from interviews with climate scientists. The sound of ice melting and of data about ice melting are signs of global warming. This aesthetic production has a scientific-political point. 29 Charles ...

Sound and Player Immersion in Digital Games  

Mark Grimshaw

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Dec 2011
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Nov 2012

...d in real time according to the actions of the player (or players in a multiplayer game). The game engine, therefore, acts as a sonification engine by converting the nonaudio data, the player’s actions, and the player-derived game state into sound (Grimshaw 2008b, 119–20). In this case, the authentic audio samples in realism FPS games superimpose the indexicality of the real-world context with an indexicality derived from the sonification processes of the game. 10 The recording of a SPAS shotgun is heard not as the original recorded sound source in its real-world...

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