Category Archives: sonification

Turing, Strachey and Computer Generated Music

Just came across this post from Open Culture on the first computer generated music. It appears that although Turing had worked out that his computer could be made to produce music but wasn’t interested in pursuing this. Christoper Strachey played with the concept and came up with some recognisable tunes. The Open Culture blog has […]

Visuals without speech

Last night I watched the Ballet Boyz‘s film, Young Men. It is a film without dialogue, apart from some screaming, set in the First World War. A mixture of dance and music, the film brought out a different set of emotions than spoken word. The music and the physical moves affect us in a different […]

Talking Heads

A link has been surfacing on Joseph Faber‘s Euphonia, a nineteenth Century text-to-speech device. Using mechanics, it appears to have spoken whilst being controlled by a human. It takes the Victorian fascination with automata to new levels.

Sonifying the cityscape

My wife came across a project on Makezine which, ahem, sounded interesting. Akko Goldenbeld created a map of Eindhoven on a drum that struck keys on a piano as it rotates. The resulting work appears to be called Citymusic or Stadsmuziek.

Some recent work in sonification

Just a short post. I attended the Text Encoding Initiative Conference in Lyon where I gave my first proper software paper, written with David De Roure. I’ll write about it properly shortly but here is the link to the paper,“It will discourse most eloquent music”: Sonifying variants of Hamlet, in the Oxford University Research Archive. […]

Beginning to sonify the Economist’s Big Mac index

The Big Mac index is The Economist’s index of the Purchasing-Power Parity (PPP), which was devised in 1986 . Intended as a light-hearted representation of exchange rate theory, it has become one of the economic indexes, along with the Hemline Index [1] and the Men’s Underwear Index . All three indices represent a view of […]

Sonification and auditory display links 7 September

A slightly older link but this link appears to be a useful link to thinking about and developing auditory displays. Breaking the Sound Barrier: Designing Auditory Displays for Global Usability by Robert S Tannen

Audio-visual presentations of Stock Market data

This morning, whilst making breakfast, a news article on the BBC Breakfast show caught my eye. I wasn’t terribly interested in the article being presented from the London Stock Exchange but the visualisation of the stocks behind the presenter caught my eye. Twenty stocks were being updated in real time and being shown using concentric, […]

Sonification and auditory display links 9 Aug 2015

I’ve just started with sonification and auditory displays. Here are some links and articles (some are behind paywalls) that I found of interest. I heard about a sonification of economic data, The Sound of the Economy, on the Foreign Affairs site and an adjoining paper by George Kopeczky describing it, Perspectives in Sonification of Financial Data […]