The Data Sonification Project

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About the project

Data Sonification is the representation of data by means of sound signals, so it is the analog of scientific visualization, where we deal with auditory instead of visual images. Generally speaking any sonification procedure is a mathematical mapping from a certain data set (numbers, strings, images, ...) to a sound string.
Data sonification is currently used in several fields, for different purposes: science and engineering, education and training, since it provides a quick and effective data analysis and interpretation tool. Although most data analysis techniques are exclusively visual in nature (i.e. are based on the possibility of looking at graphical representations), data presentation and exploration systems could benefit greatly from the addition of sonification capacities.

Domenico VICINANZA, Dante (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe)

  

For the first time ever, a modern dance company has performed to music generated from seismic data, recorded from four volcanoes across three continents. This unique event was facilitated by DANTE, the provider of high speed research and education networks, the two distributed computing projects, Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) and E-science grid facility for Europe and Latin America (EELA), as well as CityDance Ensemble, a prestigious company based in Washington, DC.

The dance, titled The Mountain, and choreographed by Jason Garcia Ignacio, was part of CityDance Ensemble’s Carbon, a work-in-progress about climate change. Originally presented in sold-out performances on 14 and 15 of March 2009 at the Music Centre, Maryland, USA.

About Data Audification

Data audification is the representation of data by sound signals; it can be considered as the acoustic counterpart of data graphic visualization, a mathematical mapping of information from data sets to sounds. In the past twenty years the word audification has acquired a new meaning in the world of computer music, computer science, and auditory display application development. Data audification is currently used in several fields, for different purposes: science and engineering, education and training, in most of the cases to provide a quick and effective data analysis and interpretation tool.
Although most data analysis techniques are exclusively visual in nature (i.e. are based on the possibility of looking at graphical representations), data presentation and exploration systems could benefit greatly from the addition of sonification capabilities. [..]
For further information about the sonification process, please download the White paper (PDF)

MIDI Sonification of Mt. Etna Volcano Seismograms


  

The Sonification application won the best poster and demo awards at the EGI Community Forum, Munich, 2012

The demo was about how we can create some music from text (or tweets) using the EGI Infrastructure

3D Image Rendering as Data Representation

Contacts

Giuseppe LA ROCCA — (Responsible for GRID deployment)

Mariapaola SORRENTINO — (Responsible of the Sonification process)

Domenico VICINANZA — (Technical Coordinator)

Sponsors & Credits