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An Introduction to Data Sonification  

David Worrall

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012

... An Introduction to Data Sonification DAVID WORRALL The aim of this pragmatic introduction to data sonification is to provide an understanding of the origins and conceptual issues involved in this young, interdisciplinary, and quickly evolving discipline. It begins by summarizing different ways sonification has been defined, the types and classifications of data that it attempts to represent with sound, and how these representations perform under the pressure of real-world usage. The need for better tools for data sonification is raised and leads to discussion...

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...

Explorations in Cultureson  

Jacob Smith

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013

...“Auditory Display” ; Ryan McGee , “Auditory Displays and Sonification: Introduction and Overview,” http://www.lifeorange.com/writing/Sonification_Auditory_Display.pdf . 8 . “Fractions of a Second: An Olympic Musical,” New York Times , February 26, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/02/26/sports/olympics/20100226-olysymphony.html . Thanks to Patrick Feaster to pointing out this auditory display to me. Also see a range of sonification techniques applied to rowing here: Stephen Barrass , “Sonification of Rowing,” June 21, 2009, StephenBarrass.com (blog)...

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...

The Absent Image in Electronic Music  

Eric Lyon

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Dec 2013
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Dec 2013

...mask. Fused Audio-Visual Compositions A nearly opposite situation obtains in the process called sonification , which is a special kind of articulation of visual (or visualized) data in sound. Sonification was originally intended for scientific purposes, to enable researchers to detect patterns aurally with much greater ease than they could by scanning the data. The Geiger counter, invented in 1908, is considered one of the earliest forms of sonification, converting ionizing radiation into audible clicks. More recently, data analysis was replaced with purely...

Sonic Interactions in Multimodal Environments: An Overview  

Stefania Serafin

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May 2014
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Jul 2014

...feedback, as in the case of the pip and pop effect ( Van der Burg et al. 2008 ). When feedback provides information about data under analysis, or about the interaction itself that is useful to refine the activity, then we talk about interactive sonification ( Hermann and Hunt 2005 ). A successful example of interactive sonification is the one proposed in Rath and Rocchesso (2005) . Here, the task of balancing a marble ball on a wooden stick is improved by providing augmented auditory feedback given by rolling sounds. Another interesting direction where knowledge on...

Improvisation of the Masses: Anytime, Anywhere Mobile Music  

Ge Wang

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Sep 2016
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Feb 2015

...examine several themes, trends, and phenomena through case studies of the very practitioners of this new brand of anytime, anywhere music-making: the everyday user ( Figure 26.1 ). Figure 26.1 An early example of users across the globe anonymously sending “chain” musical sonifications of finger drawings in Smule’s Zephyr app (2008). From Living Room to the World Ocarina is a re-imagining of the clay ocarina for the iPhone, using breath, multitouch, and accelerometer to re-create the physical interaction ( Wang 2014 , Figure 26.2 ). It also...

Algorithmic Synesthesia  

Noam Sagiv, Roger T. Dean, and Freya Bailes

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2012

...differently influenced from a person whose associations are distinct. Conversely, in the field of sonification, which seeks to make large quantities or rapid streams of data cognizable by representing them in sound, so-called zero-order transcoding involves complete synchrony between what is being represented and its sonic output. But, just as stock marketeers follow moving averages, representing blocks of data rather than individual events, so a range of sonification mechanisms perturbs this temporal relationship (see final section of this chapter). It is often...

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