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Sat, Nov 10 2018 10:00 AM

1750 Arch Street Berkeley
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Crossroads: Sonification Art and Science

A day of discussions, presentations, and performances around data sonification

Organized by Scot Gresham-Lancaster, CNMAT Visiting Researcher and Research Scientist at the ArtSciLab at UT Dallas

Data Sonification sits at a crossroads. How do we begin to understand the separation of the act of sonification as sound art and the use of sonification techniques as functional scientific tools?

Saturday, November 10, 10-4 p.m.
Discussions, presentations, and demos with Scot Gresham-Lancaster and guest speakers to include: Ed Campion (Director, CNMAT), Jeff Lubow (Musical Systems Designer, CNMAT), Andrew Blanton (visiting researcher, CNMAT), Chris Chafe (Stanford University, CCRMA), Roger Malina (Distinguished Professor of Physics and Art/Technology at UT Dallas), Sharath Chandra Ram (Ph.D. candidate, UT Dallas), Sinduja Rangarajan and Jim Briggs (Reveal News) and Bert Barten (Independent Music and Theater producer, Amsterdam).

Saturday, November 10, 8-10 p.m.
Concert featuring participants and special guests TBA

The term sonification was first coined around 1996, but the actual practice of data sonification had been emerging as a new area of performance and art research for decades before that. Only with the advent of microcomputer data visualisation did a distinct linkage called sonification emerge. In her recent keynote at the ICAD conference in 2017, composer and instrument designer Carla Scaletti described sonification as “the unseen third leg of the audio technology stool.” One leg is the music leg, the other leg is the spoken word … and then this mysterious new leg where data is converted to sound. The history of sonification has many singular projects proposing techniques for using microcomputers to augment data exploration and the boundary between Art and Science. It is very hard to find cases where these efforts have really scaled up. One of the objectives of these discussions is to share information and pinpoint new strategies for moving forward.

This Event is Free and Open to the Public
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