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date: 30 September 2020

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Starting from the observation that symbolic language is not the only channel for human communication, this chapter examines ‘data sonification’, a means of understanding, reasoning about, and communicating meaning that extends beyond that which can be conveyed by symbolic language alone. Data sonification is a mapping from data generated by a model, captured in an experiment, or otherwise gathered through observation to one or more parameters of an audio signal or sound synthesis model for the purpose of better understanding, communicating, or reasoning about the original model, experiment, or system. Although data sonification shares techniques and materials with data-driven music, it is in the interests of the practitioners of both music composition and data sonification to maintain a distinction between the two fields.

Keywords: sonification, data-driven music, conceptual metaphor, meaning of sound, data visualization, data-driven sound, data analysis, auditory display, auditory interface

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