Listening to the invisible: Sonification as a tool for astronomical discovery

Paul Lunn, Andy Hunt

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Abstract

Sound has been used for scientific investigation for many years; the stethoscope and the Geiger counter are just two examples. Sonification is a method of transforming data into sound. The listener can then explore the data sonically, which can reveal hidden structures and relationships not apparent through visualisation. This paper discusses the advantages of sonification and introduces the reader to techniques such as audification, parameter mapping and model based sonification. It provides case studies of astronomy-based sonification and concludes with a brief discussion of current work on the sonification of radio astronomy data as part of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
Original languageEnglish
Pages93-99
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventMaking visible the invisible: art, design and science in data visualisation - Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Mar 201111 Mar 2011
https://www.interaction-design.org/event/making_visible_the_invisible_data_visualisation_in_art_design_and_science_collaborations (Link to conference website)

Conference

ConferenceMaking visible the invisible: art, design and science in data visualisation
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityHuddersfield
Period10/03/1111/03/11
Internet address

Keywords

  • astronomy
  • audification
  • interdisciplinary
  • parameter mapping
  • science
  • sonification

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