Sound & Data


Auditory perception has advantages in temporal, amplitude, and frequency resolution that open possibilities as an alternative or complement to visualization techniques. The implications and techniques of this approach to extending the perception of data to the sense of hearing will be the focus of this channel.


Florian Grond and Listening Mode Centered Sonification

Here is an extended conversation regarding a broad range of topics relative to sonification including the types and definitions of listening relative to sonification practices as well as a discussion of the blurry space between sound art practice and functional scientific purpose with sonification. Notes on pointers to some of Dr. Grond’s work here. This […]

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The Conductor

Andrew Blanton and Scot Gresham-Lancaster introduce and discuss CONDUCTOR, an exploration in real-time sound diffusion using multiple iOS devices as sensors for the placement of sound. The design references the historical use of spatial dimensions in music and addresses how the disintegration of traditional audience/performer roles creates massive implications for this new approach to “conducting”. […]

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Talking Trees

Scot Gresham-Lancaster in conversation with colleague Bert Barten to touch bases on a decade-long project called Talking Trees. Talking Trees is a collaboration between artists, musicians and scientists who aim to connect people and nature together. The idea comes from artist Bert Barten who is aware of our unnatural way of living. When the Polish […]

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Roger Dean

Roger Thornton Dean (born in 1948 in the UK) is a British-Australian musician, academic, biochemist and cognitive scientist. Alongside his academic research, he is always a composer/improviser, having worked with many key participants on the European and Australian new music and improvisation scenes, and being deeply involved in electroacoustic music. He founded the ensemble LYSIS […]

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Sophia Roosth – All the Senses

From her perspective as an anthropologist the interest in how non-visual senses (e.g., hearing, taste, and touch) figure in scientific research and knowledge production are discussed. Among these interests sonocytologists who record cellular vibrations, exploring how listening to cells impacts how researchers understand biological processes are discussed.

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Pauline Oliveros – Some Thoughts on Sonification

Pauline Oliveros and host Scot Gresham-Lancaster have collaborated on many projects over the years and in this podcast they talk over some of that work with a focus on the pieces at the Art/Science boundary. The Deep Listening Art/Science Conference comes up as well as the interesting “moon bounce” pieces, “Echoes from the Moon.”

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Mike Winters – Sonification of Emotion

To quote Mike Winters from the “Project Description” of his Masters Thesis “Strategies for Continuous Auditory Display of Arousal and Valence” in which he states “Sound is capable of profound emotional experiences: one need look no further than the importance of music in film. Sonification is field of research interested in the use of sound […]

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Martin Keary

Martin Keary is a composer and visual artist based in London. “Apart from publishing work on musical topics, I write music for live ensembles, video games and film. My alma mater is the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where I completed an MMUS in composition under Gordon McPherson and Rory Boyle.” Martin came to my attention […]

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Mark Ballora – Sonification Research

A real thrill to get a chance to talk to music technology guru and one of the most dedicated sonification researchers today. It was a great pleasure to talk to Mark about his ideas regarding the direction of future sonificaiton research and the slow and steady approach to acclimating our future culture(s) with the idea […]

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