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Sonification ≠ Music  

Carla Scaletti

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018

...of musical expression. 21.3.1 Important Distinctions between Data-Driven Music and Data Sonification Despite the fact that sonification and music share much of the same technology and techniques, there are some important distinctions between data sonification and data-driven music, and it is in the interests of both music and sonification to maintain a clear delineation between the two activities. 21.3.1.1 Teams and the Auteur Data sonification tends to work best when it’s a team effort. At this point in history, it is rare for one individual...

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)...

Performing Algorithms  

Kristin Erickson

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018

...calculate the value of π , and if so, to what decimal place? Now I consider this imagined style of algorithmic music to be a type of sonification. Carla Scaletti defines sonification as ‘a mapping of numerically represented relations in some domain under study to relations in an acoustic domain for the purposes of interpreting, understanding, or communicating relations in the domain under study.’ 1 My idea of algorithmic music is sonification, where the domain under study is algorithms . I have explored this approach from a variety of perspectives over the years. In...

Remixing the Environment: Climate Change, Rhythm Science, and DJ Spooky’s Digging in the Landscape  

Kate Galloway

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Oct 2018

...were displayed in gallery exhibits and published in The Book of Ice . Image Courtesy of Paul D. Miller. Sonification and Digging in the Landscape The creative processes described previously are based in a certain notion of translation , where various forms of nonaural data are morphed into musical sound. This process has been referred to as sonification . According to the introduction to The Sonification Handbook , sonification is “the technique of rendering sound in response to data” ( Hermann, Hunt, and Neuhoff 2011 , 1). The term is used to describe...

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...

Beyond Me  

Kaffe Matthews

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018

...their seasonal variety. Springtime fish-count data over rushing springtime flow really does make high-pitched energetic tunes; summertime slowing and becoming more chilled; sensuous, autumn lush and groovy; and winter, still and rich in monochromatic greyness. Using this direct sonification of river data to pitch and rhythm, the tunes created are also surprisingly tonal and singable for groups of eleven-year-olds or just inspirational for their own songwriting. The interesting point is that we had not only found a way to make music we never would have otherwise made...

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